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"Το αγόρι τρώει ένα παγωτό."

Translation:The boy is eating an ice cream.

July 11, 2017



What makes the difference between the boy is eating, and the boy eats. I see different answers in different questions and i dont see a difference.

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In English, we have the Simple present tense.

"The boy eats ice cream.** this is a general statement e.g. "The boy eats ice cream every Saturday." "The girl eats cake but the boy eats ice cream." etc

And the Present Continuous tense "The boy is eating ice cream." which means it is happening now at the moment I am speaking.

In Greek, there is only one way to say it so you can use either of the English versions to translate it.


So I'm confused, coming back to the early lessons after completing the course. I thought there IS a difference between simple and continous. Τρώει/φάει, τρέχει/τρέξει, etc. So... does that just apply to non-present tenses or what?

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There is no present continuous and present simple, there is only one present tense indicative. In other tenses/moods there is a difference between continuous and simple.


Maybe there isn't? I'm not sure about greek, but I'm pretty sure there is no present continuous in french, for instance. You just use simple present.

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You are correct there is only one present tense in Greek it includes both simple present and present continuous meanings.


There is no difference in Greek between the present simple and the present continuous. So, both translations are correct


Nothing. There's only one Greek verb for two ways we can say in English.


My hearing must be bad: I thought it sounded as if he was eating "ένα καρότο" a carrot!


it says the answer is the boy is eating 1 ice cream so my answer was wrong

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I'm assuming this was on Android or iOS, this is a technical glitch and the team is neither responsible for it nor able to correct it. Please address your message to the Duo Help center.


Please give all the information. Were you on the web, Android or iOS? What kind of exercise was it?


I had the same problem. I'm on the website in practice mode.


How is παγωτό pronounced? I am hearing an en sound at the end of the word.

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As with the vast majority of Greek words, each letter has one sound. "Παγωτό" is simply...pa go toe.
I don't hear any "en" in the recording.

Check the alphabet and it's pronunciation, where to find the letters on your keyboard etc


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Are you asking about the difference between "is eating" and "eats" or either can be used. You can see the use of both in the comment above yours.

Either of these can be used in this sentence as the Greek does not differentiate.


In English or in Greek ? In English : Is eating means that it is occuring right now. Eats means that in general, as a habit. In greek I don't know.

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Both have been explained above. In Greek, the verb does not show the difference between a general statement or one that is happening right now. That can only be shown through context. E.g. Το αγόρι τρώει ένα παγωτό,τώρα. The boy is eating an ice cream now.


there's differences, both means the same and you'll aplay according the circunstances

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