Why is "He gives the plate back" wrong (and "He is giving the plate back" correct)?
The ending of the verb shows who the person is: Επιστρέφει. The ει ending is used for he, she, it, they. For the other persons I, you etc go to Present tense 1 and read the Tips ¬es. You will find them on the top left of every exercise page.
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Oh, me fool, i thought it was wrong because the correct answer also said dish and not plate. Thank you!
Yes, that would be: "Επιστρέφει στην Αμερική." If you want you could add "He"> "Αυτός επιστρέφει στην Αμερική."
I put "the plate is returning" - is that incorrect, and if so, can someone explain? Thanks.
Since το πιάτο is an neuter noun, technically it could be either in accusative (and thus be the object of the sentence - (Αυτός/Αυτή) Επιστρέφει το πιάτο) or in nominative (and thus be the subject - Επιστρέφει το πιάτο (reversed word order, emphasis on the verb) = Το πιάτο επιστρέφει (normal word order, no emphasis) = The plate returns / is returning).
Furthermore, επιστρέφω, just like return in English, either takes an object or not, with exactly the same meanings as in English.
The context for this particular sentence might be odd or even forced, but I don't think it's impossible, especially in the normal word order: "After being washed, the plate returns to its place in the cupboard". Or even there is some comic etc where plates are sentient and are able to move, who knows!
If the sentence was "Επιστρέφει το γύρο" or "Επιστρέφει τη σούπα", these nouns could not possibly be the subjects, because the nominative forms are ο γύρος and η σούπα, different from the accusative.
That sounds like the plate is returning under its own volition and I can't think of a situation where that would be possible.
Hahaaaa. I feel like I say this is English but maybe only when I am being a smart @ss. Thanks for the clarification.
"He returns the plate." is one of the accepted correct translations. It's one of the many sentences we have in the incubator. If it wasn't accepted there might be another error.
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