Herbert Weir Smyth [n.d.], A Greek Grammar for Colleges; Machine readable text [info] [word count] [Smyth].
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After a negative clause, or a question implying a negative answer ἀλλά, or more commonly the colloquial ἀλλ' ἤ, may mean except, the combination being equivalent either to ἀλλά or to . In the preceding clause a form of ἄλλο or ἕτερος is often expressed. Thus, ἔπαισε . . . νιν οὔτις ἀλλ' ἐγώ no one smote him except myself S. O. T. 1331, οὐδὲν ἐθέλοντες ἐπαινεῖν ἀλλ' ἢ τὸν πλοῦτον wishing to praise nothing except wealth P. R. 330c (here ἀλλ' ἤ is detached from οὐδέν) τίνα ἄλλον ἔχουσι λόγον βοηθοῦντες ἐμοὶ ἀλλ' ἢ τὸν ὀρθόν κτλ.; what other reason have they for supporting me except the true reason, etc.? P. A. 34b.

a. Distinguish the use of ἀλλ' ἤ except (= εἰ μή) in τὸ γοῦν σημεῖον ἕτερον φαίνεται, ἀλλ' ἢ οὐ καθορῶ the device at any rate appears different, unless I can't see Ar. Eq. 953.

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