The syntax of " ti phago^sin" in Mark 8:2

From: Moon-Ryul Jung (
Date: Sun Feb 21 1999 - 05:21:28 EST

"Kai ouk echousin ti phago^sin".
"And they do not have what they might eat".

My question is whether we should regard "ti phago^sin" as
indirect question or "ti" + relative clause. If the statement
were something like "they do not KNOW what they might eat".
then the first option makes sense. But in this context,
where the meaning is "they do not have anything to eat",
the second option seems to make better sense. But from the
viewpoint of syntax, I wonder whether "ti" + subjunctive clause
can be considered a relative clause. Is there any other examples
for such use?


Moon Jung
Assistant Professor
Dept. of Computer Science
Soongsil University
Seoul, Korea

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