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Subjunctive in main clause: hortation in the second or third person


φέρ᾽, ὦ τέκνον, νῦν καὶ τὸ τῆς νήσου μάθῃς

‘’ (Soph. Phil. 300)

The subjunctive in the main clause occasionally signals a command or prohibition in the second or third person. In classical Attic this construction virtually never occurs.

Example Sentences: 

ἄφες ἀνθήσῃ πρῶτον, εἶτα προβάλῃ τὸν καρπόν, εἶτα πεπανθῇ

Let [the fig tree] blossom first, then bear fruit, and then ripen. [provisional translation]