πόθεν

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Ancient Greek[edit]

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Etymology[edit]

From Proto-Indo-European *kʷos (which) +‎ -θεν (-then, ablative adverb suffix). Compare its indefinite form ποθέν (pothén).

Pronunciation[edit]

 

Adverb[edit]

πόθεν (póthen) (interrogative adverb)

  1. whence?, from where?
  2. whence?, from what source?
  3. wherefore?, why?, how?, for what reason?, how come?

Usage notes[edit]

  • This word can be used to introduce direct and indirect questions. ὁπόθεν (hopóthen) can only introduce indirect questions.
  • Object generally takes the genitive case.

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