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Test Your Greek Grammar Knowledge: Subjunctive Mood Quiz Posted by on Oct 29, 2013 in Grammar

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This is a grammar quiz about the Subjunctive mood. It’s suitable to A2-B1 students. Select which of the two statements (A or B) is the correct statement for the situation described. You may find the answer key at the end of the quiz. If you need further explanation, feel free to leave a comment or to write on the Greek Facebook page. Enjoy!

1. Your six-year old Greek niece is learning to write. She says:

Α. Μαθαίνω να γράφω. (Matheno na grafo)

Β. Μαθαίνω να γράψω. (Matheno na grapso)

2. You are watching a video about the Mediterranean diet. A dietitian is talking about the benefits one can get by drinking red wine. They say:

Α. Είναι ωφέλιμο να πίνει κανείς κρασί. (Einai ofelimo na pinei kaneis krasi)

Β. Είναι ωφέλιμο να πιει κανείς κρασί. (Einai ofelimo na piei kaneis krasi)

3. Your Greek alter-ego invited you to their aunt’s birthday party but you cannot go because you have to work until late. You say:

Α. Δεν μπορώ απόψε. Πρέπει να δουλεύω μέχρι αργά. (Den boro apopse. Prepei na doulevo mehri arga)

Β. Δεν μπορώ απόψε. Πρέπει να δουλέψω μέχρι αργά. (Den boro appose. Prepei na doulepso mehri arga)

4. Your Greek grandfather has decided to lower their high cholesterol. They say:

Α. Δεν πρέπει να τρώω λιπαρά. (Den prepei na troo lipara)

Β. Δεν πρέπει να φάω λιπαρά. (Den prepei na fao lipara)

5. You’re writing an email to your Greek cousins and want to end it with a phrase like “I really want to see you next summer”:

Α. Θέλω πολύ να σας βλέπω το καλοκαίρι. (Thelo poli na sas vlepo to kalokairi)

Β. Θέλω πολύ να σας δω το καλοκαίρι. (Thelo poli na sas do to kalokairi)

6. You’re at the beach. After having spent more than three hours listening to music and reading, you decide it’s time to swim. You’re asking your friend to join you:

Α. Πάμε να κολυμπάμε; (Pame na kolibame?)

Β. Πάμε να κολυμπήσουμε; (Pame na kolibisoume?)

7. You are in Greece and want to go to the clubs every night but your Greek friends cannot afford to go with you every night. They say:

Α. Δεν μπορούμε να βγαίνουμε κάθε βράδυ. (Den boroume na vgainoume kathe vrady)

Β. Δεν μπορούμε να βγούμε κάθε βράδυ. (Den boroume na vgoume kathe vrady)

8. You’re asking your friend if they want to play τάβλι (tavli, backgammons) with you:

Α. Θέλεις να παίζουμε τάβλι; (Theleis na pezoume tavli?)

Β. Θέλεις να παίξουμε τάβλι; (Theleis na pexoume tavli?)

9. Your Greek friends invited you for lunch but you cannot go because you have to take your cat to the vet. You say:

Α. Δεν μπορώ. Έχω να πηγαίνω τη γάτα μου στο γιατρό. (Den boro. Eho na pigaino ti gata mou sto giatro)

Β. Δεν μπορώ. Έχω να πάω τη γάτα μου στο γιατρό. (Den boro. Eho na pao ti gata mou sto giatro)

10. A friend of yours wants to know if you go to the islands by plane or by ship. You like travelling  by ship, so you say:

Α. Προτιμώ να ταξιδεύω με καράβι. (Protimo na taxidevo me karavi)

Β. Προτιμώ να ταξιδέψω με καράβι. (Protimo na taxidepso me karavi)

 

Answer Key

  1. A
  2. A
  3. B
  4. A
  5. B
  6. B
  7. A
  8. B
  9. B
  10. A

 

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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. Marika:

    Got # 4 and 6 wrong… Very nice post, Ourania! Thank you very much!

    • Ourania:

      @Marika Χαίρομαι που σου άρεσε 🙂
      I hope the use of the s.m. is clear. It’s one of the most challenging grammar topics and I’ve met foreigners who speak Greek fluently but still use the s.m in a wrong way.
      You can repeat the quiz in a few weeks to see if you give the same answers.

  2. Alexis Kim:

    OMG! I got it perfect! This is amazing, I can’t believe it :O