"Ο άντρας είναι κοντά σε μία γάτα."
Translation:The man is near a cat.
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In Greek, we need two words. "σε" is a sort of an all-purpose preposition used in place of many English prepositions.
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You asked above why English only had one word to express "near" and I told you Greek needed two words.
"σε" is the prepostion used with "κοντά". As you you would say in English for example...I'm sitting "at" the table. Why do you us "at" and not "on" or "in" or "under"? The preposition "at" gives you the picture of where I'm sitting. SEE you use prepostions all the time in English.
Ο = the αντρας = man ειναι = is κοντα σε = near μια = a γατα = cat
Please reread what I wrote...It's prepositions = https://www.lexilogos.com/english/greek_dictionary.htm
Your best bet is to use the Drop Down hints to do the translations and not try to figure out every tidbit of grammar.
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And this is very important this question has already been asked and answered twice on this page.
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"close to" is also one of the accepted translations. Therefore, if your sentence was not accepted there was an error in another area. We moderators cannot see your sentence therefore before you posted your comment here you should have made a REPORT.
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"Close to" is one of the accepted translations. However, what you have done, and many learners do, is not look at your sentence carefully, nor at the reply given by Duolingo when your sentence is rejected but determine that a word or phrase was to blame when there was some other error that accounted for the rejection.
If you look at the top of this page where you'll see the correct translation you will see why your sentence was incorrect.
This is what you reported:
"The man is close to the cat"
This is the correct sentence.
"The man is near a cat."
Do you see the difference? It's very a small but very significant difference.
That's why in the Tips (see below) we have: *4 If your translation is rejected you should carefully compare the whole sentence you wrote with the answer given. Look at each word and each letter.
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It's not a correct translation because..."κοντά" **doesn't mean "next to". In addition this has been answered before on ths page. Please read the other comments before posting.
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