"He speaks English."

Translation:Αυτός μιλάει αγγλικά.

October 14, 2016

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What is the different between μιλάει and μιλά, since both answers are accepted?


They're both correct.

These verbs in -άω have double forms, a shorter one and a longer one:

  • μιλάω, μιλώ
  • μιλάς
  • μιλάει, μιλά
  • μιλάμε, μιλούμε
  • μιλάτε
  • μιλάνε, μιλούν


Isn't lower-case αγγλικά better?


It must be capitalized when it has a noun function ;)


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?


Well, it's one of those grammar things that people don't pay enough attention to, tending to turn them into something that is eventually deemed correct.


So why is it not Αυτός μιλάει αγγλικά? Why is the 'αυτός' not written? I've been confused about this for a while now.


In Greek both are correct, and the αυτός would be implied from context. This is different than English where to answer the question "what language does he speak?" with "Speaks english" would be incorrect, or at least considered a rough way of speaking


I just got "Αυτός ομιλεί αγγλικά." as a typo correction and I'm super confused. It doesn't seem right?


It depends on what you typed in. Do you remember?


Is there anyway to hear these multiple choice answers? Even if I get it right hearing it is what helps me the most.


I think it's not possible to listen to MCQs audio.


How do we know this is masculine? Can't figure out where the 'he' comes from.


If you're translating from the Greek phrase, all 3rd person singular pronoun options are correct, since it could be a man (so you'd use αυτός), a woman (αυτή) or a child (αυτό).


I'm a little lost on the difference between αυτο and αυτος. When do I know the when to use one and not the other?


The former is neuter while the latter is masculine.


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".


Yes that is what I mean how do I know the gender of a table?? Then how the article changes depending on that. Sorry


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.


Most important you should do each exercise using these tips they are the secrets to learning on Duo.



they will help you:

  1. always find the correct translation (Drop Down Hints)

  2. find explanations for grammar and vocabulary....(Tips & notes)

  3. Show you what to do if your sentence is rejected or you have another problem.

And see here for even more resources..====> Greek Forum with many more resources https://forum.duolingo.com/topic/936 -


He speaks English. I wrote αυτο μιλαει Αγγλικα and was advised of a typo telling me it should have been Αυτή....is this right? Surely Αυτή is 'she'?


This gives me an "alternative translation" that is identical to the one I typed.


This gives me an "alternative translation" that is identical to the one I typed.

Yes, that can happen due to the way sentences with multiple accepted translations are entered into the system. Ignore it if you can.


What is the difference between μιλάει, μιλώ and ομιλώ?


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.


Should it be marked incorrect because i started with Αυτος;


"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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Then choose what you want to REPORT: (You'll see these to choose from.)

-The audio does not sound correct-

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