"He speaks English."
Translation:Αυτός μιλάει αγγλικά.
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A quick google (not scientific I know!) gives probably more usage with lower-case than capitalised. For example: https://www.zougla.gr/automoto/paraxena/diafora/article/an-kseris-na-milas-aglika-pas-pio-grigora-stin-kavala .
Απίστευτο! Αν ξέρεις να μιλάς αγγλικά πας πιο γρήγορα στην Καβάλα...
Would you say this usage is non-standard or not generally accepted though?
Is there a link to something to help me tell whether the sentence will be masc fem or neut? I saw a sentence at the bottom of a tips page saying often the end of the noun gives a clue to whether it is masc fem or neut but i didnt understand what the clue was : ). Is it the subject you're talking about thats the thing that determines a sentence masc fem neut? Or is it the nouns? Or something else? Would be really useful to explain in 'which the'. I feel once i fully understsnd this that a lot of other things will just fall into place.
Is there a link to something to help me tell whether the sentence will be masc fem or neut?
Sentences aren't masculine, feminine, or neuter.
Nouns and pronouns can be masculine, feminine, or neuter.
A masculine personal pronoun refers to a masculine noun or a male person, for example.
"He" refers to a male person in English so in Greek you would use αυτός.
"She" refers to a female person so in Greek you will use the feminine αυτή.
But unlike English, Greek has grammatical gender, so αυτός can also refer back to a masculine noun such as ο άνεμος "the wind" and αυτή to a feminine noun such as η αγάπη "love".
how do I know the gender of a table?
Most reliable way: look up the word in a dictionary.
For example, https://en.wiktionary.org/wiki/%CF%84%CF%81%CE%B1%CF%80%CE%AD%CE%B6%CE%B9#Noun lists τραπέζι as n (= neuter).
You can usually guess the gender from the ending of the noun, though:
- -ος: probably masculine (could be feminine or neuter)
- -ης, -ας: masculine
- -η: feminine
- -α (but not -μα): feminine
- -ού: feminine
- -ι, -ο, -μα: neuter
In this case, τραπέζι (table) ends in -ι, so you would expect it to be neuter -- and it is.
Two common exceptions to the above rule of thumb: το κρέας (meat) and το γάλα (milk) are both neuter, not masculine or feminine.
This, together with what "mizinamo" gives above will help you a great deal.
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μιλάει" is he/she/it speaks. "μιλώ" and "ομιλώ" are two ways to say I speak.
See this conjugation page for each of them
and check the comments at the bottom of this page.
"Αυτός μιλάει αγγλικά." is correct and accepted. If your sentence was not accepted there was a mistake. However, by giving one word from a sentence you can't expect us to understand where your problem was since we are unable to see your sentence. You should have made a REPORT
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