Translation:Αυτό το αγόρι.
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A very helpful tip is to learn the word endings that correspond to the different genders because that will help you tell what gender everything is. Knowing this is suuuper important and will help you greatly. I suggest looking it up online or im sure Duolingo has some recourses you can use. I'm surprised i haven't seen these in Duolingo yet but then again i haven't seen all the lessons. If there isn't a lesson on this already I recommend Duolingo puts one in because that will help beginners a lot.
The genders in Greek refer to grammatical formations, not to the person or thing described.
Have a look here for help in learning the language.
So, a chair is feminine...no we do not consider a chair to be a girl or woman.
And if the words αγόρι/κορίτσι are neuter it is the word..not the person.
Jaye, I hope your comments help students with this unfortunately named concept.
Speaking about the concept of grammatical gender, John McWhorter, associate professor of linguistics at Columbia University, has pointed out that many languages share the concept, but that it manifests in many forms.
Where some languages make their categories based on the masculine/feminine (and sometimes neuter) construct, some use some totally different "genders," which can be better termed simply "noun classes."
Such classes are based, for example, on myriad phenomena, such as "round objects," "thin, leafy objects," "wild animals," "animals in corrals," etc.
So I've found it helpful to try to think even of Greek's genders simply as noun classes based (roughly) upon a word's form, rather than any innate sexual identity. Best, Paul
Thank you, this has been not only helpful but motivational.
I wish everyone would take up the use of more logical expressions, such as "noun classes" then we might rename those classes. A-B-C?
Thanks again for all you do, the course would lack so much if it weren't for your comments.
Be well, j
Look a bit more closely at the two. They look the same -- except for a single letter (just like, say, "boy" and "bay" in English). And they really don't sound alike, either. Αγορά is ah-go-RAH; αγόρι is ah-GO-ri. Languages make the most of small gradations; you just have to work to become attuned to those of your new language. Good luck to you!