"Αυτή σταματά;"

Translation:Does she stop?

March 3, 2019

8 Comments


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Nicholas358161

How do you differentiate this question from the same exact sentence laid out as a statement?

March 3, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Nicholas358161

To clarify, how do you differentiate "does she stop?" from "she stops"? Other than with the semicolon?

March 3, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/jaye16
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When it's written there is the question mark...yes looks jsut like the semicolon. When it's spoken it's the rising tone at the the end of the sentence.

March 3, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Nicholas358161

OK, thanks for clarifying. I guess it takes training to differentiate this rising tone from the accentuation. Is there no other way of asking a question such that it is obvious it is a question? For instance, you could ask "she stopped?" in English too, and you would recognize this from the tone, but that is not the correct way of asking a question. Is there an alternative construction for questions in Greek too?

March 3, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/jaye16
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No, in Greek a statement and a question follow the same form. It's only the queston mark and voice that differentiate.

March 3, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Nicholas358161

OK, thanks a lot for confirming!

March 3, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Zhomas

Why isn't "she stopped?" a correct translation for this?

July 6, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/jaye16
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@Zhomas The sentence here is present. "stopped" is past.

July 6, 2019
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