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585. Article with interrogatives.

The article with substantive and adjective interrogatives is found chiefly in dramatic poetry and in dialogue. So we sometimes colloquially say “the what?

ΣΩ. διομολογησώμεθα καὶ τόδε. ΠΡΩ. τὸ ποῖον”; PLATO, Phileb. 11D; Let us agree with one another on this also. On what?

DEM.18.64:ἀλλὰ νῦν ἔγωγε τὸν μάλιστ᾽ ἐπιτιμῶντα τοῖς πεπραγμένοις ἡδέως ἂν ἐροίμην, τῆς ποίας μερίδος γενέσθαι τὴν πόλιν ἠβούλετ᾽ ἄν”.

PLATO, Euthyph. 12D:δεῖ . . . ἐξευρεῖν τὸ ποῖον μέρος ἂν εἴη τοῦ δικαίου τὸ ὅσιον”. Lach. 193 E:τὸ ποῖον δὴ τοῦτο”; Phaedo 78 B:δεῖ” . . . “ἐρέσθαι . . . τῷ ποίῳ τινὶ . . . καὶ ὑπὲρ τοῦ ποίου τινὸς . . . καὶ τῷ ποίῳ τινὶ οὔ”. Phaedr. 277 A:τὰ ποῖα”; 279 A: “τὸ ποῖον δή”; Phileb. 11 D (see above). Rpb. 475 E:τὸ ποῖον”; 550 C: “τὴν ποίαν κατάστασιν”;

XEN. Oec. 10.1: “καὶ ἄλλα τοίνυν, ἔφη . . ., θέλω σοι . . . μεγαλόφρονα αὐτῆς διηγήσασθαι . . . τὰ ποῖα; ἔφην ἐγώ”.

AR. Ach. 963: “ ποῖος οὗτος Λάμαχος τὴν ἔγχελυν”; Nub. 748:ΣΤΡ. εἰπὲ δή νύν μοι. ΣΩ. τὸ τί;775:τὸ τί;1270:τὰ ποῖα ταῦτα χρήμαθ᾽;” Pax, 693: “τὰ τί; 696: τὸ τί”; Ran. 40: “τὸ τί”;

SOPH. El. 671: “τὸ ποῖον”; O. C. 893:τὰ ποῖα ταῦτα” ; O. R. 120: “τὸ ποῖον; 291: τὰ ποῖα ταῦτα”;

AESCHYL. P.V. 249:τὸ ποῖον εὑρὼν τῆσδε φάρμακον νόσου”;

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