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]

 
  • (5th BCE Attic) IPA(key): /pó.tʰen/
  • (1st CE Egyptian) IPA(key): /ˈpo.tʰɛn/
  • (4th CE Koine) IPA(key): /ˈpo.θen/
  • (10th CE Byzantine) IPA(key): /ˈpo.θen/
  • (15th CE Constantinopolitan) IPA(key): /ˈpo.θen/
  • 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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