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You probably learned the english "the" with a "d/z"-sound, but "th" in the, they, ... is actually the sound /ð/. It's called the "voiced dental fricative", which means you have to pronounce it like a "d" or "z" but with your tongue in between your frontal upper&lower teeth. [/ð/ = greek δ = this] [/θ/ = greek θ = thin] ( /θ/ is like a dental s).
So if I wanna say I'm reading can I say: Εγώ διαβάζω.
Is this correct? Correct me if it isn't. ^-^
Yay, thanks. I'm trying to get a little creative and learn certain words by myself. ^-^
Providing the correct context--for instance, if one were to ask, "What is she doing?" (I believe this translates to τι κάνει;, but, please, correct me if I'm wrong--I think τι κάνει; means more like, 'How is she?' or 'How is she doing?'), could another respond with simply the verb and the correct ending (διαβάζει) as a response?
I'm not asking for a Duolingo concept--just wondering if this is what would be done in Greece itself.
Think of the Greek verbs in a pyramid formation. The four blocks at the base are the perfects the 3 above are the simples and the two above them are the imperfects and the one at the top is the continuous. You only need 4 tenses Imperfect past I was reading διάβαζα, simple past I read διάβασα, simple present I read/am reading διαβάζω and simple future I will read θα διαβάσω. By adding θα you can obtain all the other tenses Imperfect future I would read θα διάβαζα, Continuous future I will be reading θα διαβαζαand apart from these the 4 perfects which you add έχω or είχα along with θα. είχα διαβάσει I had it read, έχω διαβάσει I have it read, θα έχω διαβάσει I will have it read, θα είχα διαβάσει I would have it read. In there case you conjugate the έχω and the είχα to denote the person.
Please read the Diphthongs section in the Tips and notes in the ABC skill: https://www.duolingo.com/skill/el/ABC/tips-and-notes. :)