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Add:I. in direct questions Hwý (hwí, v. l. ) forcwið hé . . . ðæt hé ne féde his heorde ?, Past. 42, 6. Hwý (hwié, v. l. ) wolde hé hié lǽran ?, 250, 24. Hwig eart þú swá gedréfedes módes 1, Ap. Th. 2, 9. Ia. strengthened with ǽfre, á :-- Hwý gé þonne ǽfre ofer-módigen?, Met. 17, 15. Hwí eów? á lyste?, 10, 18. II. used interjectionally to introduce a question, cf. hú ; I. 2, hwá, II. Hý cweðað : 'Hwí! ne synt wé múðfreó ? hú ne móton wé sprecan þæt wé willað ? hwæt ! ondrǽde wé hwylc hláford mæg ús forbeóden firne willan ?, Ps. Th. ll, 4. III. in dependent clauses, 1. after verbs of asking, telling, thinking, &c. cf. hwá, III. Wundrian hwí is weorþe, Bt. 39, 3; F. 214; 35. Uncúð hwí sió wyrd swá wó wendan sceolde, Met. 4, 40. Gehycgan hwý . . . , 15, 9. 2. where the matter referred to in the indirect question is the cause of the action stated in the mam clause, so that almost the same meaning as that intended would be got if the dependent clause were introduced by because and expressed affirmatively Scipia mǽnde his earfoða tó Rómana witum . . . hwý hié hiene swá unweorðne on his ylde dyden, Ors. 5. 4 ; S. 224, 26. Hé gehét him Godes yrre, hwý hé nolde gelýfan hé hálig wǽre, Hml. S. 31, 804: Hml. Th. i. 48, 16 (in Dict.).
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