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The Way We Speak - Chapter 1
Greek Language Rules you Need to Know
Before we start, there are some rules you need to know in order for you to be able to start creating Greek sentences:
- Learn the Greek words that you need.
- When a verb follows the verb "be" (am, are, is, etc. ), we do not translate
the verb "be". We just use the personal pronoun "I = εγώ" and the verb
If the verb "be" is followed by the word "to" and
then another verb, then we translate both verbs.
- Unless you want to emphasize your sentence, skip the personal pronoun.
In the Greek language, pronouns are not used often, simply because the verb itself shows the person.
- Use the verb in the right person. See:
Conjugation of the Verbs (1) and
Conjugation of the Verbs (2)
- Use the verb in the right tense. See:
Tenses of the Verbs (1)
, Conjugation of the Verbs (2)
and Examples and Conjugation of the Tenses
- The preposition "to" can be translated as
στο" if it
is followed by a noun. It is translated as "να"
when it is followed by a verb.
for example: to school=στο σχολείο
to the school=στο σχολείο
to play=να παίξω
See:Voices and Moods of the Verbs/Subjunctive
- Use the Greek articles, the nouns and the adjectives in the right gender. See related
lessons in the lessons directory. When you use the words
στο", remember that
they contain an article. Make sure you use the right gender.
- The weak types of possessive pronouns
του, etc.) go after the noun not before
as in English. The strong types
δικό σου, etc.) go before the noun. See:
- Use appropriately, the Greek verb "Like = Αρέσω". See:
The Verb "Like = Αρέσω
The Double Accent
The Importance of the Accent
Simple Spelling Rules
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