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"η Ελένη!"

Translation:the Eleni!

August 31, 2016



Given the other "<letter> <word>" sentences, shouldn't "eta Elena!" be accepted here?


No, because here we have "η" as the definite feminine article, not as the letter. Greek proper names cannot stand without an article.


But not all the "sentences" used in the introductory Greek lessons are grammatical. They include things like "β βουβάλι", "ω ωκεανός", and "ψ ψυχή." (I think that this is what the original poster meant by "the other ' ' sentences.") It doesn't seem to me that "eta Elena" is any less grammatical than these.


Well then that should be explained... this is confusing.


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what is the difference between η and το meaning the


    The definite articles in Greek are: ο, for masculine words; η, for feminine words; το, for neuter. (In the nominative case at least.)


    They are used in different classifications of nouns there are three kinds. They are called masculine ο, feminine η, το neuter. Don't be fooled by the masculine etc it doesn't mean they are used exclusively with male, female or neuter it's just a way of grouping. So, the girl is neuter but the chair is feminine. It'll be taught in an upcoming unit. Remember to always learn nouns with their gender "ο", "η" or "το". It will make learning easier.


    We don't use "the" with people's names in English, but in Greek is that done or was this done just for fun?


    Yes, 'the' is used with names--seriously--depending on the usage. "Η Ελένη είναι στο σχολείο." (Eleni is in school) but "Έλενι πού είσαι; (Eleni where are you?). P.S. Notice the Greek questions mark looks like a semicolon.


    It's just like in German (using the feminine definite article in front of female names, and the masculine definite article in front of male names). That seems random, but cool.


    Does ancient Greek have the article with names like this? Are the letters pronounced differently?


    Yes and very yes.


    I can't write in greek! My device does not have this feature.


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    So, is this a name? Why is an article needed?


    Yes, it's a name and there's an article because Greek usually uses an article with names. Read some of the other comments on this page they will help.


    Is 'η' is the letter H?


    Yes it is. Just go to the Tips and notes for the first skills for a review of the whole alphabet.

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