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

Do we have to use the article when we say "My name is ..."

For example, when we say "My name is Eleni." do we need to use Eleni's article too? Or can it be dropped?

October 7, 2019

9 Comments


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/G.Georgopoulos

It must be dropped ;)


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

Ohh okay, I was using google translate for something and it had the article and I was very confused! Thank you!!


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/ARCANA-MVSA

Quick note: avoid Google Translate if at all possible. This is the service that once translated "E Pluribus Unum" - the Latin "out of many, one" - as "grape". (Yes, I saw it do this.) Plus Google Translate Sings is a thing for a reason. :)

I'm pretty sure there's another similar service that was recommended on here somewhere, but not sure. Maybe check the Stickies in the forum for any Greek resource listings (these are likely to be more accurate than Google Translate).

Best of luck to you! :)

Volgav vitsenanieff nivya kevach varatsach.


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

Oh my god, that's really embarrassing:D Thank you very much!


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

You only need the article when talking about Eleni in the 3rd person, not to say that your name is Eleni.


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Phil682961

Είμαι η Ελένη would need the article, wouldn't it?

But not Το όνομά μου έιναι Ελένη, or Με λένε Ελένη.


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/G.Georgopoulos

Yes ;) It should be noted as well that the structure "Με λένε" calls for the accusative case, which is not evident in the case.


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Phil682961

Indeed, so for example:

Με λένε Κώστα

and not:

Με λένε Κώστας

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