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Uses of the Passive Voice in Modern Greek Posted by on Sep 10, 2020

Γεια σας! It is time to do some grammar, so today we will see the use of the Passive voice (Παθητική φωνή.) The Passive voice includes all the verbs ending in -μαι (έρχομαι, κοιμάμαι, γεννιέμαι)   a. Some verbs are morphologically passive, i.e. they end in -μαι but their meaning is active. Examples: Ο Πέτρος…

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Ten Common Greek verbs in the Imperative Mood Posted by on Jul 31, 2019

Γεια σας! In this post we will see the Imperative mood of ten passive verbs which are commonly used by native speakers. The tenses given are Ενεστώτας (Present), Αόριστος (Past Simple) and Προστακτική (Imperative).   #1. Ενεστώτας:έρχομαι (to come) Αόριστος:ήρθα Προστακτική:έλα / ελάτε Example:Παιδιά, ελάτε μέσα, βρέχει! / Children, come in, it’s raining!…

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Greek Impersonal Verbs Posted by on Apr 15, 2019

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.     Ρήματα (verbs)   #1. χρειάζεται : need to do Δε χρειάζεται να έρθεις και εσύ μαζί μας αύριο. / There is…

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How to use basic prepositions in Greek Posted by on Jan 31, 2019

The basic prepositions beginners learn are: από, για, με, σε. They are followed by a noun or an adverb. When they are followed by a noun, the noun is in the accusative case. In this post, there are examples on their use in a sentence.   #1.από It indicates: Example: Είμαι από την Ελλάδα.  ->…

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Common Greek passive verbs Posted by on Oct 22, 2018

Γεια σας! It is time for a grammar post related to the passive voice, as it gives students a hard time. This post is not about the conjugation of verbs in the passive voice but it has a list eleven common verbs with examples on how we use them.     Greek verbs ending in…

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The Greek pronoun no one Posted by on May 26, 2018

Sometimes, the students are puzzled by the use of the indefinite pronoun κανένας, καμία, κανένα (no one). In this post, there are examples of how it is used it in a sentence. When used in negative sentences, it means no one. See the declension here: kanenas Τhe pronoun κανένας has genders and cases. It can be…

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The Active Participle in Greek Posted by on Feb 20, 2018

Γεια σας! Τoday we will see the different uses of the active participle (ενεργητική μετοχή). It is formed by the stem of the verb and the endings –οντας (for verbs ending in-ω) or –ώντας (for verbs ending in –ώ): τρέχοντας (running) / μιλώντας (speaking). The active participle can be used to express: 1. The way…

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