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"Ο ίδιος φύλακας"

Translation:The same guard

November 5, 2016



Yes, this is related to the word ‘idiot’.

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That would be ο ίδιος ο φύλακας.


Thank you - I made that error so hopefully I won't make the same mistake again!


"The very guard" wouldn't also work?


    ίδιος = same

    Very can be translated in many ways in Greek, but 'ίδιος' does not work... If you explain how you reached this conclusion maybe we can clarify correct usage further.
    Please check the examples here http://www.wordreference.com/engr/very. For "The very mention of his ex-wife caused problems." you could potentially say 'Η ίδια η αναφορά...' but it wouldn't be accurate enough and it's rather poor in my opinion.


    As troll1995 reminded us three months ago now, "the guard himself" (and, by extension, "the very [same] guard") is actually better expressed by "ο ίδιος ο φύλακας."


    Seems to me I've even seen examples here on Duolingo, though I don't think I have access to past examples here. Glosbe gives, "by the very persons making the request" as "από τους ίδιους τους αιτούντες"; and "the very person making the confession" as "το ίδιο ακριβώς πρόσωπο που...." When you think about, "the very guard who locked me in" essentially does mean "the same guard...," right?


    Maybe "the very same guard" would be more common than just "the very guard".


    A computer-generated translation can only do so much. You're correct that "the very guard" = "the same guard" but it's somewhat archaic, though one can still hear it at times, esp. probably in England. That use of very is common in Shakespeare. For instance, in All's Well that Ends Well at 3.6, "when his disguise and he is parted, tell me what a sprat you shall find him; which you shall see this very night." IMO, "the very guard" is just too archaic for DL to go out of their way to put it in as optional. But I wouldn't fall on my sword over it.


    If ίδιος means same, what would be the word for selfsame?

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    If you want to say 'the guard himself' you say 'ο ίδιος ο φύλακας'


    Hi, s. - One way I've seen to accentuate the sameness of something/somebody uses a formulation like "ακριβώς ο ίδιος." Maybe some native speaker will come up with other stylings.... Best, Paul

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