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Interrogative particle with the moods of the main clause: yes-no question as argument


ἐγὼ δὲ Πείσωνα μὲν ἠρώτων εἰ βούλοιτό με σῶσαι χρήματα λαβών.

‘I asked Peison if he wanted to save me for a sum of money.’ (Lys. 12.9)

A main clause, usually introduced by the interrogative particle εἰ, represents a simple, direct yes-no question. This subordinate clause serves as an object (or, in impersonal constructions, as the subject).

Syntactic usage (not possible optativus obliquus)

The indirect question is the first construction in which the oblique optative occurs after a past tense. The oblique optative is found as early as Homer.

Example Sentences: 

oὐ δύναμαι γνῶναι, πότερον χαίνει Διόδωρος / ἢ βδῆσ’· ἓν γὰρ ἔχει πνεῦμα κάτω καὶ ἄνω.

NO DUTCH TRANSLATION [provisional translation]