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"What is the benefit?"

Translation:Ποιο είναι το όφελος;

February 9, 2017



I am still having a lot of trouble deciding when to use "τι" versus "ποιο" in a what...? question. I understand when there is a limited set of options to choose from, you should use ποιο, but for questions like this one I don't understand why you should use ποιο instead of τι. Can anyone explain if there are rules for this? Thanks!


Hopefully someone more knowledgeable than I will answer you, in the meantime I received this answer which helped me. Usually with " ποιος" you ask for the name of something, a subject, a brand, a title or one of the options offered. With "τι" you ask for a definition/ explanation/ attribute of something; "Ποιο είναι το σχολείο σου" what is the name of your school. "Τι είναι το σχολείο σου" Is it big, good, new. Hope this helps.


Wow, very helpful, thank you!


Perfectly right! ;)


... Whereas, my impression is that τι is used where "what" refers to the whole following phrase, while ποιος/ποια/ποιο, etc., is really pinned to the following noun (as in this example).


think ike that: τί=what, ποιο=which meaning a neuter gender


Hmm, that is how I was thinking of it so far but it has led me to a lot of wrong answers! In general, I would say "What is the benefit," not "Which is the benefit?" in English, but apparently you are supposed to say Ποιο είναι το όφελος; in Greek.


I was looking for "Ophelia" in mythology as a memory tool and learned that the name was actually created by a 15th century poet for a "helpful" character in a poem that he wanted to have a Greek sounding name (which was later popularized by Shakespeare's "Hamlet"). Not the story I expected but interesting anyway!


To me all the comments lead to the conclusion that τι would be better in this case - but apparently it is not. Remaining confused.


So, όφελος is a neuter word, because of the neuter article (το) that precedes it, ¿right?

I was about to ask for another examples, but I just google it and found this: https://blogs.transparent.com/greek/greek-neuter-nouns-ending-in-%CE%BF%CF%82/

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