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Greek Impersonal Verbs Posted by on Apr 15, 2019 in Grammar, Vocabulary

Γεια σας! In this post we will see the use some commons impersonal verbs. They are used in the third singular person and do not have a noun or pronoun as subject.

 

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Ρήματα (verbs)

 

#1. χρειάζεται : need to do

Δε χρειάζεται να έρθεις και εσύ μαζί μας αύριο. / There is no need for you to come with us tomorrow.

 

#2. μπορεί: might

Μπορεί να φύγουμε νωρίς. / We might leave early.

 

#3. φαίνεται: it seems

Φαίνεται ότι υπήρχε κάποιο πρόβλημα. / It seems that there was a problem.

 

#4. ενδέχεται: it is likely, it is possible

Ενδέχεται να  έρθουν και αυτοί στην Ελλάδα το καλοκαίρι. / They are likely to come to Greece this summer as well.

 

#5. αξίζει :

a. it is worth

Αξίζει να προσπαθήσεις περισσότερο. /  It is worth to try more (literally)

b. to deserve

Της αξίζει να κερδίσει. / She deserves to win.

 

#6. φτάνει: as long as

Μπορείς να φορέσεις το φόρεμά μου, φτάνει να μην το λερώσεις. / You can wear my dress as long as you don’t  stain it.

 

#7. αρκεί: as long as

Θα πάμε όπου θέλουμε, αρκεί να μη βρέχει.  / We will go wherever we like, as long as it doesn’t rain.

 

#8. επιτρέπεται: it is allowed

Δεν επιτρέπεται να φάτε αλλά μπορείτε να έχετε νερό μαζί σας. / You are not allowed to eat but you can have water with you.

 

#9. απαγορεύεται: it is forbidden

Απαγορεύεται το κάπνισμα. / Smoking is forbidden.

 

#10. βρέχει: it rains

Σήμερα βρέχει όλη τη μέρα. / Today it’s been raining the whole day.

 

#11. ψιχαλίζει: it’s drizzling

Πάρε ομπρέλα γιατί ψιχαλίζει.

Take an umbrella because it’s drizzling.

 

#12. φυσάει: it is windy.

Τον Αύγουστο πάντα φυσάει. / In August it is always windy.

 

#13. χιονίζει: it snows.

Χθες  χιόνισε και τα σχολεία ήταν κλειστά. / Yesterday it snowed and the schools were closed.

 

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Φράσεις με το ρήμα είναι  (phrases with verb to be)

 

#1. είναι καλό: it is  good

Είναι καλό να πας στη συνάντηση. / It is good (for you) to go to the meeting.

 

#2. είναι κακό: it is bad

Είναι κακό να λες όλα αυτά τα πράγματα για τη φίλη σου. / It is bad to say all these things for your friend.

 

#3. είναι σίγουρο/βέβαιο: it is certain

Είναι σίγουρο πως θα έρθει; / Is it certain that she is coming?

 

#4. είναι ώρα: it is time

Είναι ώρα να πηγαίνουμε. / It is time to go.

 

#5. είναι κρίμα: it is a pity

Είναι κρίμα που δεν ήρθες! / It is a pity that you didn’t come.

 

#6. είναι ντροπή: it is a shame

Είναι ντροπή να μιλάνε άσχημα για τη μητέρα τους. / It is a shame to talk bad about their mother.

 

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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.


Comments:

  1. Stella Lambrou:

    Hi,
    I congratulate you for the variety of topics of interest and the quality of work you provide.

  2. shawndey davis:

    what does να mean??

    • Ourania:

      @shawndey davis να means “το”

      • Sylvia Alberti:

        @Ourania so useful and so well done! I always look forward to the the next blog! Thank you do much Rania!!!