"They bring their dog."

Translation:Αυτοί φέρνουν τον σκύλο τους.

November 19, 2016

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What's the difference: "το σκύλο τους" vs. "τον σκύλο τους"?


As I understand it, the modern rules always have τον for the masculine accusative article, to avoid confusion with the neuter article το, while older rules allowed for the final nu to be dropped before certain consonants as is possible e.g. with την.

So το σκύλο τους is outdated spelling and τον σκύλο τους modern.

This course should probably teach only τον σκύλο τους; I'll try to modify this at least in the English-to-Greek direction. (The Greek-to-English sentences can't be changed at the moment, I believe.)

Edit: I couldn't remove το σκύλο τους from the "best" translation in the E-to-G direction but I've tried to move it further to the end, so it should now pick up τον σκύλο τους by default (while still accepting το σκύλο τους).


Is ' αυτά φέρνω τον σκύλο τους ' completely wrong? I tried to start with the neuter. Isn't the first word I chose (at least that one) neuter? In English it's all neuter. (Well...except for 'dog,' but no one uses the feminine for it in English, anyway...in "polite conversation," that is.)


Why do you use the accusative τους instead of the genetive των?


των is the genitive plural of the definite article, but τους is (in standard modern Greek) the genitive for the third-person plural personal pronoun and thus also the form used as a possessive marker. It happens to look the same as the accusative of the masculine (but not feminine or neuter) third-person plural pronoun.


My answer (with "το σκυλί") was given as containing a typo and corrected to "Αυτοί φέρνουν τον σκυλί τους". If σκυλί were masculine, το σκυλί would possibly still be correct (or not, see below), but it's neuter anyway!

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There's a bit of a discussion above. Short answer is that τον is the grammatically correct version, and how you're meant to say and write it. However, most native speakers drop the final ν, unless the first letter of the next word is a vowel or plosive consonant.


Oh my, when I posted my comment, I didn't see all the comments above! Some bug with my pure internet, I suppose... I'm sorry and thank you!


Assuming "They" are all women, wouldn't it be "Αυτές.."? - and would it then be ".. της." or what? Also, isn't "το σκύλο" correct?


Assuming "They" are all women, wouldn't it be "Αυτές.."?

Then yes.

and would it then be ".. της." or what?

It would still be τους -- there are no separate masculine/feminine/neuter possessives in the plural.

Also, isn't "το σκύλο" correct?

Not according to the spelling that's currently taught in schools, which has τον always for masculine nominative.

The spelling that I learned would have used το σκύλο.


έγραψα "αυτες φέρνουν τον σκύλο τις", και νομίζω οτι είναι σωστο !


έγραψα "αυτες φέρνουν τον σκύλο τις", και νομίζω οτι είναι σωστο !

It isn't.

τις is the accusative short form, but you need the genitive short form for possession, which is τους for all forms of the plural -- masculine, feminine, or neuter.

τους δίνω can mean δίνω σ' αυτούς, δίνω σ' αυτές, δίνω σ' αυτά

τον σκύλο τους can mean τον σκύλο που ανήκει σ' αυτούς/αυτές/αυτά.

See https://en.wiktionary.org/wiki/%CF%84%CE%BF%CF%85%CF%82#Related_terms and open up the table there and look at the intersection of "plural, weak" and "genitive".


Why is it τον σκυλι and not το σκυλο


There are a few explanations on this page.

This should be either: "τον σκύλο" or "το σκυλί".


Did you want to say: "Αυτοί φέρνουν το σκυλί τους."; It would have been correct. Otherwise "τον" is masculine and the object "σκυλί" is neuter and it won't work..


Why am i wrong?


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