Το αγόρι της διαβάζει=Her boy reads, Το αγόρι τής διαβάζει=The boy reads her.. In a situation like that, τής must be accented to get distinguished from the possessive της. But, as long as we are in beta, we can't change the original sentences. It's on our to do list to correct them after we get out of beta.
Is there any difference between the pronunciations of της and τής or is this just a spelling convention to differentiate them? I've had a listen at forvo.com and it's possible that τής has a slightly longer vowel, but there are two different speakers, so it could be just the way they speak that makes it sound that way.
The words are pronounced different, but it's just their dynamic. So hearing them on their own won't make you understand any difference. The accent marks show where to raise your voice. So, in the first sentence it's roughly (with italics meaning raising your voice and bolds lowering it, | meaning small pause) Το αγόρι της διαβάζει but the second one is αγόρι | τής διαβάζει.
Her boyfriend, not her son as far as I know. ;) Sometimes,το αγόρι (or αγοράκι-diminutive form) μου (but not της etc) can be used as "my good boy" with a dear feeling: το αγόρι/αγοράκι μου, όλα τα τακτοποιεί...=my dear boy, he takes care of everything. (But can be for anyone you feel dear, not just your son.)
It all depends on the accent on the word "της". "Το αγόρι της διαβάζει το μενού." in this sentence since there is no accent on της it means "her boy" or more commonly "her boyfriend". If there had been and accent...Το αγόρι τής διαβάζει το μενού. Then it would mean "The boy reads the menu to her."
Indication of the used pronoun:
Yes, there are about a dozen times where the accent makes all the difference. This is one of the most notable uses and can of course be tricky...but following the hints etc the learner can get it right each time and over time become accustomed to it.
You already know this I just wanted to get it out so others could see it once more.
Thanks for your support and always precise explanations!
NO, that's not right. Please read the comment by Troll1995 showing what change would need to be made for this sentence to mean...."The boy reads her the menu".
Here it means "Her boyfriend reads the menu."
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