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"Αυτό είναι το όνομα μου."

Translation:This is my name.

September 10, 2016



Should "αυτό είναι το όνομά μου" be a correct spelling for this because of the enclitic μου?


It is the only correct spelling.


There is a difference from the spelling in the answer though, an added accent on the last letter όνομά?


That's right. The phrase το όνομά μου should have two accents.

Duo's sentence with το όνομα μου is a misspelling born of the fact that sentences are created by picking words that are taught in the course, and that wordlist only contains the base form όνομα and not the form όνομά that is used when an unstressed possessive follows.

Course maintainers know about this and I imagine that if a second version of the course happens at some point, this is one point that they will think about how to address.


It is interesting, though, because there are some questions that provide όνομά μου as the correct response.

Maybe they have updated some, but not others.


auto sounds like afto, why is that?


α+υ and ε+υ are two combinations of vowels that unless 1) the first vowel (α or ε respectively) is stressed (άυ - έυ) or 2) the υ -stressed or not- has diaeresis upon it (αϋ/αΰ - εϋ/εΰ), the υ acts as a consonant and they are pronounced together as "av" or "af" and "ev" or "ef" respectively. When this happens, if the syllable where the combination is in, is stressed, the accent always is upon the υ - αύ/εύ. E.g. αύριο [avrio] (tomorrow)

αυ/αύ is "av" and ευ/εύ is "ev" when: 1) they are followed by a vowel (α, ε, η, ι, ο, υ, ω) or 2) they are followed by a voiced consonant (β, γ, δ, ζ, λ, μ, ν, ρ and the combination σμ [it's pronounced zm] e.g. ναύαρχος [navarchos] (admiral), ευαισθησία [evesthisia] (sensitivity), αυλή [avli] (yard), αλεύρι [alevri] (flour), έναυσμα [enavzma] (starting signal/tinder [figurative])

αυ/αύ is "af" and ευ/εύ is "ef" when: 1) they are followed by a voiceless consonant (θ, κ, ξ, π, σ, τ, φ, χ, ψ) 2) they are at the end of a word. e.g. αυτό [afto] (this), εύκολος [efkolos] (easy), παύση [pafsi] (pause), εύστροφος [efstrofos] (quick-witted), ταυ [taf] (tau - the 19th letter of the Greek alphabet), ευ [ef] (well [archaic]).


Thank you! It was an excelent explanation!


You mean that υ acts as a consonant, also ναύρχος. Apart from this, what an exceptional explanation!


Oh, you're very kind, thank you! And yes, I meant consonant, I was thinking consonant, but somehow I managed to type vowel! I should really start proof-reading my comments before I post them, right? I'll edit it in a second :)


Love this explanation, I wish they would explain like this when you are learning and show the pronouncements in English that way you would understand what the Greek words sound like easier and then I wouldn't have to keep looking on the posts for further explanations? Thank you.


Wouldn't "that's my name" do here? Marked as wrong, but it's more natural if someone says, for example, "Why do they call you Mr. Magoo?" "That's my name"


why not

"this is my name" ?


I would accept both

This is my name Or It is my name


In a previous question the phrase was 'το ονομα μου δεν ειναι αυτό', and one of the correct solutions was, "that is not my name". However, in this question, using the word "that" in "that is my name", was wrong. Does αυτό mean 'this' and 'that', or is there another word for 'that'? Thanks :)





Prastibria's question was exactly mine just now, so I came here. Thanks for the response. But if εκείνος is required to say "that", can you say why it's different when there is a negative with the verb? Or is that an error for 'το ονομα μου δεν ειναι αυτό' also? (In that case, DL needs a correction there.)


My previous answer was too general and I'm sorry about that. The general rule is that αυτός= this and εκείνος=that but in fact the usage of "εκείνος-η-ο" is not as frequent as that of the english "that".

-You can use "αυτός" in cases that are not purely demonstrative (you are not pointing at something). In this example "αυτό δεν είναι το όνομά μου" can mean both "this/that....". If you want to emphasise the distance then you can say "εκείνος-η-ο". Personally I would insist on "αυτός-ή-ό".

-Αυτός εκεί and εκείνος εκεί can be used interchangeably.

I hope I haven't confused you :)


Thanks. No, I'm not confused. But it still leaves open the question Prastibria (and I) were wondering about: namely, is "that is my name" an appropriate translation for the given Greek here? Because that is what I used, and "that" would be used more often in this English sentence than "this" would, and what you say would indicate that "that" would be acceptable. It's good to know about the commonality of the two Greek words, but it's the commonality of the English words that's more pertinent for a translation, since the two are so very close.


"That is (not) my name" should also be accepted for "Αυτό (δεν) είναι το όνομά μου".


Thanks, Dmitris!


Αυτό είναι το όνομά μου, with two accents on όνομά, should also be acceptable here. (Right now, if I write το όνομά μου in this particular exercise, I get an error message.)


Why does it say "my" before "name"


Because in English, the possessive determiner comes before the noun -- we say "my name" and not "the name my".


I don't know what that means, sorry XDDDD


The simple answer is: "because in English, words like my come before a noun such as name".

In English, we say my name for "the name that belongs to me" or "the name that I have" - we do not say name my or the name my.

What is your native language?


Would "Αυτό το είναι όνομα μου. " be correct aswell?



το όνομα "the name" has το as the definite article "the"- you can't move it somewhere else.

(Remember that Greek uses the definite article with possessives: το όνομά μου "my name", literally "the name my".)

το before a verb would be the short form of a direct object pronoun (e.g. το ξέρω "I know it") -- but είναι doesn't take a direct object.


Alright, ευχαριστώ


I thought the combination of "αυτό το" is what gave the meaning of "this", but now I'm confused since they are separated in the sentence and there "το" seems to be just part of "όνομα" without being mentioned oficially as "the" since you have "μου" at the end


Part of the confusion may come from English using "this" both for the demonstrative pronouns (that stand alone, e.g. "this is a book") and the demonstrative determiner (that comes before a noun, e.g. "this book is blue").

The pronoun is simply αυτός, αυτή, αυτό in Greek, but the determiner is αυτός ο Χ, αυτή η Χ, αυτό το Χ.


Could this sentence be used as a frame to say your name? Such as "Jane is my name." Or is there a better way to say it?


Why does 'μου' come last?


Why does 'μου' come last?

Because that's how Greek does it.

Definite article + noun + short form genitive pronoun for possessive.

ο πατέρας μου, η μητέρα σου, το κορίτσι της, οι οικογένειές μας, τα αγόρια τους etc.


In addition to the explanation given here by "mizinamo" you should read the comments on this page where you'll find that explained already and use the Tips & notes.


Makes me wonder, spontaneously: Αυτό δεν είναι το όνομα μου. = That's not my name. (?)


Αυτό δεν είναι το όνομα μου. = That's not my name. (?)

Αυτό δεν είναι το όνομά μου. = That's not my name.

(Note the second accent on όνομά μου -- which is not on Duolingo's old sentence for historical/technical reasons but should be there for proper spelling.)

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