See also: ποθεν and ποθέν

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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