"Ο στρατιώτης δεν έχει οικογένεια."
Translation:The soldier does not have a family.
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i think it would be useful to have a native Greek speaker confirm the meaning of the sentence in Greek because that is what we are trying to translate from. Without knowing, i personally agree with the native speakers that there is a distinction to make if you add "a" but i don't think the Greek sentence implies either meaning specifically, so please allow answer with no 'a'
I am interested to hear from the Greek natives what about these differences. If I said "Ο στρατιώτης δεν έχει μία οικογένεια." would it be correct Greek? Would it have a different meaning than "Ο στρατιώτης δεν έχει οικογένεια."? How would a Greek express the differences we express in English by the way we use that little article "a"?
If I said "Ο στρατιώτης δεν έχει μία οικογένεια." would it be correct Greek?
This would only be correct if you followed it up with "Έχει δύο!" The only good reason why you should add μία is to use it as the numeral and make a point out of it.
The Greek phrase "Ο στρατιώτης δεν έχει οικογένεια." does not make a distinction between having "a family" (e.g. wife and children) and "family" (relatives). Further explanation or context is required.
To me (native U.S. English speaker), "does not have family" means something different than "does not have a family." With the article, the phrase suggests that the person in question does not have a spouse and/or children. Without the article, the phrase suggests that the person has no close living relatives.
I wouldn't have thought so - officer is αξιωματικός. Soldier implies someone of a lower rank than an officer.
As for not using an indefinite article in English, I reckon that's probably OK. It sounds a bit more American than British to me, but I have heard people use 'he doesn't have family' (especially if it's then followed by another clause).
Although I could be wrong - I'm very new to Greek.
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The soldier has no family.
The serviceman has no family.
The trooper has no family.
The fighter has no family.
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