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GreekPod101.com Verified
Friday at 01:53 PM
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Hi Bibiana,


I understand your doubt, it makes absolute sense.


The absolute and most correct (grammatically) way would be to say "του" agreeing with the gender of the noun το κορίτσι. However, since we are talking about a human, not an object with a gender we just assigned to long time ago, the gender element (being feminine) is very strong and it makes it feel more natural for us to say της, her. With το παιδί though, that gender influence is not as strong as with κορίτσι, because παιδί can refer to both sexes, so no matter what, with παιδί you would use του.


So basically here, both του and της are OK. Neither sound strange to my ear. But for grammar police (like a newspaper editor), maybe του would be more correct to say, just to keep grammar rules "happy."


Good question actually!


Regards,


Stefania

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Bibiana
Friday at 04:46 AM
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Stefania,


I have one doubt... "Το κορίτσι πλένει το πρόσωπό της" - Isnt the possesive pronoun for 3. person Neuter "του"? So I would say "Το κορίτσι πλένει το πρόσωπό του"... can you explain me that?


Thank you very much!

GreekPod101.com Verified
Saturday at 10:14 AM
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Hi Paul,


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Stefania

Paul
Friday at 04:24 PM
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Very much a beginner.

GreekPod101.com Verified
Friday at 11:28 AM
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Hi Paul,


Thank you for contacting us and for providing us your feedback.


This series is one of the oldest ones. We've come a long way improving our series ever since. I'd like to suggest you something else that you might find more helpful. What's your level in Greek?


Kind regards,


Stefania

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Paul
Friday at 02:58 AM
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Don't like this. Not entirely sure of the word meaning, and it goes way too fast for me.

GreekPod101.com Verified
Saturday at 02:58 PM
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Hi Milos,


Just like in English, you don't always need a definite or indefinite article before nouns.


Check out the difference:

The family is eating breakfast. VS The family is eating the breakfast.

The woman is drinking water. VS The woman is drinking the water.


The first sentences sound more right, unless we are talking about a specific breakfast (like in the 2nd sentence) or a specific water. Greek works the same way:


Η οικογένεια τρώει πρωινό. VS Η οικογένεια τρώει το πρωινό.

Η γυναίκα πίνει νερό. VS Η γυναίκα πίνει το νερό.


It makes sense, so I hope it's not too confusing.


Γεια χαρά!


Stefania

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Milos
Saturday at 06:54 AM
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Why do πρωινό and νερό stand without articles in sentences?

GreekPod101.com Verified
Monday at 10:37 AM
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Hi John!


I'm really happy that you enjoyed the videos! The Ultimate Greek Pronunciation Guide is a 10 episodes series, so stick around for more videos (one every week)!


Stefania

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Jano20
Saturday at 05:54 PM
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Hello, Stefania!


I've already completed it! :smile: It's so cool:sunglasses:! :thumbsup:





John