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๐Ÿ˜„ ๐Ÿ˜ž ๐Ÿ˜ณ ๐Ÿ˜ ๐Ÿ˜’ ๐Ÿ˜Ž ๐Ÿ˜  ๐Ÿ˜† ๐Ÿ˜… ๐Ÿ˜œ ๐Ÿ˜‰ ๐Ÿ˜ญ ๐Ÿ˜‡ ๐Ÿ˜ด ๐Ÿ˜ฎ ๐Ÿ˜ˆ โค๏ธ๏ธ ๐Ÿ‘

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Friday at 03:08 PM
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Hi George,


I'm glad my explanation makes sense to you! It is quite fascinating to me too how different language speakers perceive such concepts, for example, tense.

I think many questions that have to do with the structure or function of certain aspects of a language can be answered by trying to see things through different eyes... and always be ready to expect the unexpected, haha!๐Ÿ˜…


Happy studying!


Stefania

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George W
Thursday at 01:23 PM
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Thank you Stefania, It does make sense and I learned something new. I have been seeing the Greek language that I am learning through English eyes (well American anyway). I always ponder how others with a different language think. What words are in their thoughts, etc. I have been particularly puzzled by the fact that in Greek it's not the order of the words so much as the tense and accentuation. Difficult for an old American mind! :) But fun too. I have been reading the Septuagint for fun and practice and that really is perplexing. I come across passages that take a paragraph in English and there are 4-5 Greek words! Anyway, I will spend more time trying to develop a Greek mind! ๐Ÿ˜



Thanks for the insight and I hope you are doing well, Be safe! ๐Ÿ‘โค๏ธ๏ธ

GreekPod101.com Verified
Wednesday at 02:38 PM
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Hi George,


In Greek, we don't make that distinction between simple and progressive present tense because since we are talking about something being done right now, it can't have or not have a long duration, at least to us. I know it's a concept hard to grasp but through the eyes of a Greek, if I'm sitting in front of you watching you while you are writing a letter, to me, it's the same image either you say:


I write a letter.

OR

I'm writing a letter.


If you would say "I write a letter every week", in English it makes sense as opposed to "I'm writing a letter every week" but to a Greek, the mental image that will have is still that of you sitting and writing, same as in the example before.


Let me compare this with a tense that does have a simple and progressive form in Greek: the future tense.


I will write a letter: it makes me visualize someone writing a letter and then finishing and starting to do something else.

I will be writing a letter: it makes me visualize someone who doesn't finish writing and doesn't stand up to go do something else. So different images.


The distinction here is clearer but in the Greek present tense, it's the same thing. Perhaps other words in the context might help make such distinctions more noticeable especially when translating from Greek to English. For example ฮณฯฮฌฯ†ฯ‰ ฯ„ฯŽฯฮฑ/ฮฑฯ…ฯ„ฮฎ ฯ„ฮท ฯƒฯ„ฮนฮณฮผฮฎ, ฮณฯฮฌฯ†ฯ‰ ฯƒฯ…ฮฝฮตฯ‡ฯŽฯ‚, ฮณฯฮฌฯ†ฯ‰ ฮบฮฌฮธฮต ฮผฮญฯฮฑ, etc.


I hope this is clearer. If you have any other questions, let me know.


Cheers,


Stefania

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George W
Monday at 02:30 PM
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๐Ÿ‘ I like this lesson! I believe a tiny light bulb came on and I understand tenses a bit more. I do have a question though. If I am reading or even listening to a speaker; how can I tell if it is present tense or present progressive? In English there is a difference between, "The caterpillar becomes a butterfly" and "The caterpillar is becoming a butterfly."๐Ÿ˜„