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Auxiliary verbs in Greek

I just finished the lessons called "auxiliary verbs" -- yet I don't think there was a single auxiliary verb in the lesson. Can you check this please?
Thanks

January 18, 2017

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Okay. I'm so glad you asked, because we need to give an explanation for the slight mess in Auxiliary Verbs.

The equivalents of the English verbs be and have, that are also used as auxiliary verbs for progressive and perfect tenses, are the Greek verbs είμαι and έχω. However, there is some confusion around this in the Tips and Notes.

Εχω (and it's past form είχα) in Greek is an auxiliary verb used exclusively for Perfect Tenses, such as Παρακείμενος (Present Perfect Simple), Υπερσυντέλικος (Past Perfect Simple), and Συντελεσμένος Μέλλόντας (Future Perfect Simple).

Είμαι, on the other hand, is not used as an auxiliary verb in Greek. There is no tense where είμαι is used as an auxiliary. It's just a verb.

So yes, the lessons have absolutely nothing to do with the auxiliary usage of those two, since the skills for Perfect Tenses are introduced much later in the course, and είμαι is not even used as an auxiliary verb in the first place. So, consider it just a Tense skill. This is one of those things that might be greatly confusing, and the title of the skill doesn't quite help.

We did fix the tips and notes though. We haven't added them in just yet (as of today, January 19th), but we are going to really soon. We explain quite a bit of stuff there, and we do hope you find it a bit more useful and a bit less complicated.

Thank you for your patience. We greatly appreciate everyone's notes and feedback. I hope you're enjoying the course so far. ^.^

January 19, 2017

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Thank you! Yes, that lesson was really just practice with the verbs είμαι and έχω. I did really appreciate the list of different Greek tenses (and English equivalents), which I copied and pasted for future reference. I have been confused about these tenses for ages and this was a nice way to clear that up!

January 19, 2017
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