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27.191 The Interrogative Pronoun and Adjective

Interrogative pronouns and adjectives are used to ask questions. Make sure you review Croy's notes in this section carefully and study the paradigm which is provided for you. The interrogative pronouns/adjectives belong to the third declenion, and there no distinctively feminine forms (the feminine forms are identical to the masculine forms).

Notice that the nominative singular forms, τίς and τί, which have an acute accent on the final syllable never change their accent to a grave accent (normally words with an acute accent on the final syllable change to a grave accent when there is a word following).

Make sure you pay attention to Croy's notes about direct and indirect questions on page 163. Direct questions in Greek are marked with a question mark, but indirect questions do not have a question mark. This is the same rule that we follow in English, but since many English speakers are not sure about how to punctuate an indirect question, you might be confused about the Greek rules also.

Direct question: What will they give us for dinner?

Indirect question: I want to know what they will give us for dinner.

Finally, make sure you note the use of the neuter interrogative pronoun τί (what?) to ask a question that translates into English as "why?" (in other words, "(for) what (reason)?").

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