Encyclopedia of Ancient Greek Language and Linguistics

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Ancient Greek has two complementary negators, the assertive ou and the prohibitive mḗ. While ou occurs with indicatives, mḗ is used with imperatives and subjunctives. Subordinate clauses, infinitives and participles allow for either ou or mḗ according to their function in the sentence and the communicative intention of the …

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Dagmar Muchnová, “Negation”, in: Encyclopedia of Ancient Greek Language and Linguistics, Managing Editors Online Edition: First Last. Consulted online on 15 August 2020 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/2214-448X_eagll_COM_00000245>
First published online: 2013

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