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Always, never, from time to time: expressions of frequency Posted by on Feb 24, 2014 in Vocabulary



Never On Sunday is one of the best known Greek movies. The Greek title is Ποτέ την Κυριακή (Pote tin Kiriaki). What about “always on Sunday” or “very often” ? Below there’s a list with the most common expressions of frequency used in Modern Greek and an example of their use.

  • Πάντα (panda)= always
  • Ποτέ (pote)= never
  • Σχεδόν πάντα (shedon panda)= almost always
  • Σχεδόν ποτέ (shedon pote)=hardly ever
  • Μερικές φορές (merikes fores)= sometimes
  • Συνήθως (sinithos)= usually
  • Καμιά φορά (kamia fora) = sometime
  • Συχνά (syhna)= often
  • Σπάνια (spania)= rarely
  • Από καιρό σε καιρό (apo kairo se kairo)= from time to time
  • Πότε -πότε (pote pote)=  from time to time
  • Κάπου –κάπου (kapou kapou)= from time to time

Η Κατερίνα ξυπνάει πάντα νωρίς.  Δεν παίρνει πρωινό ποτέ γιατί δεν έχει χρόνο. Δεν πηγαίνει ποτέ με το αυτοκίνητο στη δουλειά γιατί έχει κίνηση.  Συνήθως  παίρνει το μετρό αλλά καμιά φορά πηγαίνει με τα πόδια. Τελειώνει τη δουλειά γύρω στις  τρεις. Μερικές φορές γυρίζει στο σπίτι για φαγητό ή πηγαίνει στο γυμναστήριο. Πότε-πότε πηγαίνει με τους φίλους της στο σινεμά.  Γυρίζει στο σπίτι νωρίς και διαβάζει κανένα βιβλίο ή κάθεται στον υπολογιστή. Βλέπει τηλεόραση σπάνια. Πριν να πάει για ύπνο,  πολύ συχνά πηγαίνει για περπάτημα.

I Katerina xipnaei panda noris. Den pernei proino shedon pote giati den ehei hrono. Den pigenei pote me to aftokinito sti douleia giati ehei kinisi. Sinithos pairnei to metro alla kamia for a pigainei me ta podia. Teleionei ti douleia giro stis treis. Merikes fores girizei sto spiti gia fagito i pigainei sto gimnastirio. Pote pote phgainei me tous filous tis sto sinema. Girizei sto spiti noris ke diavasei kanena vivlio i kathetai ston ipologisti. Vlepei tileorasi spania. Prin na paei gia ipno, poli sihna pigainei gia perpatima.

Katerina wakes up always early. She never has breakfast because she has no time. She never goes to work by car because there’s traffic. Usually she takes the metro but sometimes she walks. She finishes work arount three. Sometimes she goes back home for lunch or goes to the gym. Occasionally she goes with her friends to the movies. She gets back home early and reads a book or works on the computer. She rarely watches television. Very often she goes for a walk before going to bed.

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About the Author: Ourania

Ourania lives in Athens. She holds a degree in French Literature and a Master’s degree in Special Education for Children. Since 2008, she has been teaching Greek to foreigners.


  1. Helena:

    Very good and useful, thanks!