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INTRODUCTION
John: Hi everyone, I'm John.
Chrissi: And I'm Chrissi.
John: And welcome to Must-Know Greek Sentence Structures, Season 1, Lesson 7. Asking About Location or Position.
John: In this lesson, you'll learn how to use a sentence pattern for asking about location or position.
PATTERN
John: For example,
John: "Where is the bridge located?"
Chrissi: Πού βρίσκεται η γέφυρα; (Pú vrískete i yéfira?)
Chrissi: [slow] Πού βρίσκεται η γέφυρα; (Pú vrískete i yéfira?)
John: The pattern for asking about location or position has three elements. First, we have the interrogative adverb meaning "where".
Chrissi: Πού (Pú).
John: Second, we have the verb "to be located" in the 3rd person singular meaning "is located".
Chrissi: βρίσκεται (vrískete).
John: Third, we have the feminine noun phrase in the nominative meaning "the bridge".
Chrissi: η γέφυρα; (i yéfira).
John: Altogether, we have... "Where is the bridge located?"
Chrissi: Πού βρίσκεται η γέφυρα; (Pú vrískete i yéfira?) [slow] Πού βρίσκεται η γέφυρα; (Pú vrískete i yéfira?) [normal] Πού βρίσκεται η γέφυρα; (Pú vrískete i yéfira?)
John: Asking where someone or something is in Greek has the same structure as in English.
Chrissi: We start with the interrogative adverb πού (pú) meaning "where." What follows is a verb such as the verb βρίσκομαι (vrískome) meaning "to be located" or the verb είμαι (íme) meaning "to be."
John: After this, comes a complement that will contain the person or thing we are asking about. That person or thing is the verb's subject and will usually be a noun phrase in the nominative case. The verb will always need to agree in person and number with its subject. Just keep in mind that the complement in the end of this pattern may contain other elements besides the subject but we are not going to go into details about this at the moment.
Chrissi: Πού βρίσκεται η γέφυρα; (Pú vrískete i yéfira?)
John: So remember, to ask about location or position, begin with the interrogative adverb
Chrissi: πού (pú)...
John: meaning "where." Then use the verb
Chrissi: βρίσκομαι (vrískome), "to be located," or είμαι (íme), "to be."
John: Finish with a complement that will contain the person or thing you are asking about.
John: Here is another example meaning, "Where is the ID?" First, we have the interrogative adverb meaning "where".
Chrissi: Πού (Pú).
John: Second, we have the verb "to be" in the 3rd person singular meaning "is".
Chrissi: είναι (íne).
John: Third, we have the feminine noun phrase in the nominative meaning "the ID" here.
Chrissi: η ταυτότητα (i taftótita).
John: Altogether we have...
Chrissi: Πού είναι η ταυτότητα; (Pú íne i taftótita?) [slow] Πού είναι η ταυτότητα; (Pú íne i taftótita?) [normal] Πού είναι η ταυτότητα; (Pú íne i taftótita?)
John: "Where is the ID?"
[pause]
Chrissi: Πού είναι η ταυτότητα; (Pú íne i taftótita?)
John: How do you say - "Where are the kids?" To give you a hint, "the kids" is...
Chrissi: τα παιδιά (ta pediá). [slow] τα παιδιά (ta pediá). [normal] τα παιδιά (ta pediá).
John: "Where are the kids?"
[pause]
Chrissi: Πού είναι τα παιδιά; (Pú íne ta pediá?) [slow] Πού είναι τα παιδιά; (Pú íne ta pediá?) [normal] Πού είναι τα παιδιά; (Pú íne ta pediá?)
[pause]
Chrissi: Πού είναι τα παιδιά; (Pú íne ta pediá?)
REVIEW
John: Let's review the sentences from this lesson. I will tell you the English equivalent of the phrase and you are responsible for shouting it out loud in Greek. Here we go.
John: "Where is the bridge located?"
[pause]
Chrissi: Πού βρίσκεται η γέφυρα; (Pú vrískete i yéfira?)
[pause]
Chrissi: Πού βρίσκεται η γέφυρα; (Pú vrískete i yéfira?)
John: "Where is the ID?"
[pause]
Chrissi: Πού είναι η ταυτότητα; (Pú íne i taftótita?)
[pause]
Chrissi: Πού είναι η ταυτότητα; (Pú íne i taftótita?)
John: "Where are the kids?"
[pause]
Chrissi: Πού είναι τα παιδιά; (Pú íne ta pediá?)
[pause]
Chrissi: Πού είναι τα παιδιά; (Pú íne ta pediá?)

Outro

John: Okay. That's all for this lesson. You learned a pattern for asking about location or position, as in...
Chrissi: Πού βρίσκεται η γέφυρα; (Pú vrískete i yéfira?)
John: meaning "Where is the bridge located?"
John: You can find more vocab or phrases that go with this sentence pattern in the lesson notes. So please be sure to check them out on GreekPod101.com. Thanks everyone, see you next time!
Chrissi: Γεια χαρά!

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Monday at 06:30 PM
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Try translating this question, "Where are you?"

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Tuesday at 03:58 PM
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Hi Dana!


That's correct! You get extra points for writing it in Greek if you can 😉


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Stefania

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Dana Evans
Monday at 02:46 PM
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Pou eisai;