"The animal's orange"

Translation:Το πορτοκάλι του ζώου

April 11, 2017



How can I know when the accent is at the end? For example in this case it's ζώου but with "girl" is κοριτσιού

April 11, 2017


You have to learn the declension of the nouns in Greek. Both are neutral but the first one is in -ι and the second one in -ο.

I'll try to show you how it is:

Το πορτοκάλι


Nom. το πορτοκάλ-ι

Gen. του πορτοκαλ-ιού (the accent goes to the last syllable)

Acc. το πορτοκάλ-ι

Voc. πορτοκάλ-ι


Nom. τα πορτοκάλ-ια

Gen. των πορτοκαλ-ιών (the accent goes to the last syllable)

Acc. τα πορτοκάλ-ια

Voc. πορτοκάλ-ια

το ζώο


Nom. το ζώ-ο

Gen. του ζώ-ου (Νο change to accent)

Acc. το ζώ-ο

Voc. ζώ-ο


Nom. τα ζώ-α

Gen. των ζώ-ων (Νο change to accent)

Acc. τα ζώ-α

Voc. ζώ-α

All similar neutral nouns have the same declension.

All about nouns in Modern Greek here: http://www.foundalis.com/lan/grknouns.htm

April 12, 2017


That's useful but as you go further you find that all similar neuter nouns don't quite have the same declension. For example, το πρόσωπο / του προσώπου, compared to το σύννεφο / του σύννεφου. Both neuter nouns in -ο, the same stress pattern in the nom sg, but different stress in the genitive.

September 13, 2018


In English you can say " the animal's orange " with two meanings , 1 the orange belonging to the animal , 2 instead of the animal is orange , as per question , might not be perfect English but this how it's spoken .

June 27, 2019
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