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"Ο πατέρας μου είναι καλλιτέχνης."

Translation:My father is an artist.

December 7, 2016



how it is καλλιτεχνης in female version?

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It is η καλλιτέχνιδα or η καλλιτέχνις.


Really? - ις? Νοτ -ης?


Yes. It's the Ancient Greek form -- a third declension noun which ends in a consonant. The stem is καλλιτέχνιδ- and when the nominative ending -ς gets added the -δ drops off so you have καλλιτέχνις. But in the oblique cases you see the -δ-, e.g. genitive καλλιτέχνιδος, accusative καλλιτέχνιδα.

Modern Greek rearranged nearly all of those third declension nouns to match first declension nouns, based on the accusative, as in η καλλιτέχνιδα, της καλλιτέχνιδας, την καλλιτέχνιδα rather than η καλλιτέχνις, της καλλιτέχνιδος, την καλλιτέχνιδα.


isn't a performer an acceptable translation for καλλιτέχνης;


No -- a καλλιτέχνης is a painter or sculptor or something like that, and those aren't performers.


fair enough. Thanks


Bear in mind that in Cyprus καλλιτέχνιδα means (female) stripper so if a young woman wants to avoid awkward questions she will go with the male one. Είμαι μια καλλιτέχνης.

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Καλλιτέχνιδα is also not the most common word to use in Greece. A woman will probably refer to herself as καλλιτέχνις but we'd write it with ι because it forms genitive as καλλιτέχνιδος or καλλιτέχνιδας. How would someone refer to a female artist in Cyprus in genitive? Της καλλιτέχνη;


spelt artist wrong , couldn't check spelling or use word bank because , as previously explained , duolingo in answer box will not let me . very frustrating if you can't check what you are doing especially when it is not your native language .

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