A School Grammar of Attic Greek

Thomas Dwight Goodell

SIMPLE SENTENCES/ Negative Sentences

489. Idioms (of uncertain explanation).

a. Οὐ μή with the Subjunctive is a strong denial referring to the future:

Οὔ τι μὴ ληφθῶ δόλῳ.
I shall not be caught by a trick.
Aesch. Seven Against Thebes 38

 

οὐ μὴ πίθηται.
He will never yield.
Soph. Philoctetes 103

 

οὐδεὶς μηκέτι μείνῃ τῶν πολεμίων.
Not one of the enemy will stay any longer.
Xen. Anabasis 4.8.13

 

οὐκέτι μὴ δύνηται βασιλεὺς ἡμᾶς καταλαβεῖν.
The king will no longer be able to catch us.
Xen. Anabasis 2.2.12

 

b. Οὐ μὴ with the future indicative is sometimes a strong denial; in the second person it may be a prohibition:

Οὔ σοι μὴ μεθέψομαί ποτε.
I will never follow thee.
Soph. Electra 1052

 

οὐ μὴ λαλήσεις.
Don't keep chattering.
Aristoph. Clouds 505

 

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