"The whole meal is delicious."

Translation:Ολόκληρο το γεύμα είναι νόστιμο.

December 30, 2016

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Really? You can't say το ολόκληρο γεύμα είναι νόστιμο as a translation of "The whole meal is delicious."?


Yes, it's wrong syntax to say το ολόκληρο γεύμα.


Thanks! So is it just ολόκληρο that works like this or are other adjectives similar?


I can't think of any other... Note that it is like that only with the definite article. Ολόκληρο το σκόρδο=the whole garlic, ένα ολόκληρο σκόρδο=a whole garlic, το σκόρδο είναι ολόκληρο=the garlic is whole.


Thanks, that's really helpful :-)


Doesn't όλος work the same way?


What about the other sentence that says "Ο ολόκληρος μήνας;"?


Truth is, ο ολόκληρος χρόνος can be said on its own, but has no "real" meaning. It's like saying "the whole cake" without a "time" meaning but as a characteristic of the year (ie that it is whole, as if a year could be cut!). Only just demonstratively. An example is saying "the whole year is better than the half year" Ο ολόκληρος χρόνος είναι καλύτερος από τον μισό χρόνο.But you can't say "i did piano lessons the whole year" using ο ολόκληρος χρόνος. You have to say έκανα μαθήματα πιάνου ολόκληρο τον χρόνο. Ie in any other context where you want to say "the whole" year (using the phrases "time" meaning) you would have to say ολόκληρος ο χρόνος. But since the sentence with ο ολόκληρος χρόνος causes trouble, we'll see to it...


So, you can say Το ολόκληρο γεύμα είναι νόστιμο, but it would mean that the meal is delicious if no one has gotten a bite? xD


Yes, but most people would just think that you just made a small syntactic mistake, because who would say such a thing and why? :D


Thanks for the thorough explanation.


I came up with a better example on when to use for example "το ολόκληρο κέικ" or "ολόκληρο το κέικ". Θέλω να φάω ολόκληρο το κέικ=I want to eat the whole cake. Θέλω να φάω το ολόκληρο κέικ=I want to eat the cake that is whole (ie no one else has gotten a bite yet and the cake is whole, but that does not mean I want to eat it all). So saying "ο ολόκληρος χρόνος" is like saying "the year that is whole (which has no real meaning because years can't be cut), but "I've been doing it the whole year=Το έκανα ολόκληρο τον χρόνο."


Thanks for the very helpful notes. If i understand right, the subject of the sentence is ολόκληρο and the object (acc.?) is το γεύμα, το κέικ, τον χρόνο. Word by word translation is "whole of the meal, the cake, the year", isn't it?


If i understand right, the subject of the sentence is ολόκληρο and the object (acc.?) is το γεύμα, το κέικ, τον χρόνο.


The subject of Duo's sentence is ολόκληρο το γεύμα.

όλοκληρο τον χρόνο is not a subject or an object but rather an expression of time (acting as an adverbial).


Can you say δείπνο instead of γεύμα?


No, because γεύμα=meal while δείπνο=dinner/supper specifically, not just any meal.

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