"What does the fox say?"
Translation:Τί λέει η αλεπού ;
I always thought the diacritic should only be used on polysyllabic words, I suppose it is to show it being a question?
The accent is used on a few one-syllable words to distinguish words which otherwise would have the same spelling (similar to French ou, où; a, à).
These include η, ή (the, or) - πως, πώς (that, how) - που, πού (that/which, where). According to older grammar books, this may also include τι, τί, but I don't think the unaccented τι (= because) is used much any more and so newer spelling rules seem to be to allow the question word τί (= what) to be spelled without an accent as there is no real risk of confusion.
- , comma
- . full stop/period
- ! exclamation mark
- ; question mark
- · (middle dot) works similarly to a semicolon or colon in English
- « » quotation marks (sometimes other shapes are seen as well)
Nearly none of the sentences on Duolingo are important; Duolingo is not a phrase book full of sentences to memorise.
Instead, you have opportunities to practise grammar and vocabulary on a wide variety of sentences; this will also give you the tools for creating sentences of your own and for understanding other sentences you will come across “out there”.
It's a line from a song, so, if you know that, then, great. If you didn't, it might seem a bit random! Not particularly important, maybe, but the idea behind a lot of the strange or funny sentences is that what is unexpected is often memorable. Have the dog chasing the postman is normal, but having the cat chasing the postman would be surprising, so it might stick in your head more than the normal one. And, not just all that, it keeps it fun, whilst recycling the vocabulary, etc.