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How does the apostrophe work in Greek?

Is it supposed to be a punctuation mark or is it supposed to be a part of a word? If it's a part of a word, how is it pronounced?

I have seen phrases with the apostrophe: ( e.g. σ' αγαπώ ), but I'm still confused about the apostrophe.

Can anybody help me with this?

February 21, 2018

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In the example you give the apostrophe is to show that there is a letter or letters removed from a phrase to make its pronunciation smoother. Just as in English instead of "He is going" we use "He's going".

We have "σ'αγαπώ" rather than the full "σε αγαπώ".

February 21, 2018
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