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Monday at 06:30 PM
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Παρακαλώ, ένα απλό εισιτήριο για my dream destination!

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Your "click here to access lesson for free" links only lead to "pick a plan" page? The lessons are locked unless I buy a plan. How can they be accurately described as "free"?

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Γεια σου Πωλ!


Χαίρομαι που θέλεις να μάθεις ελληνικά! Ελπίζω να τα καταφέρεις!


About the Greek keyboard, you will find the instructions on the other comment of yours that I answered here:

https://www.greekpod101.com/2010/12/20/survival-phrases-25-riding-the-rails-1/#comment-46773


I hope it's helpful.


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Paul
Thursday at 09:17 PM
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Yiasou Stefania,


Eme agapesmeno me pos milai. Kai thelow na matho ellenika etho yiati thelo na ecuo esis.


Dev exero pos grafi me greek letters? me efto keyboard?

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Monday at 01:52 PM
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Γεια σου Ιουστίνα!


I love it how you keep track and remember everything I have mentioned in the past!


Yes, indeed, "μετά τιμής" is “archaic- katharevousa”. In modern Greek, "μετά" in the context of "with", should be pronounced simply as "με".

Με τιμή (accusative)

Με φόβο Θεού (accusative)

Δρόμος με εμπόδια (accusative)

...

However some popular expressions (like the ones mentioned on my previous message) have survived in our days by keeping their older form instead of changing to the new form. For example it is much much more common to use the old-ish "εισιτήριο μετ’ επιστροφής" than, what would be a modern version, "εισιτήριο με επιστροφή" (sounds like something a kid would say). On Greek booking sites for flights, ferries etc. you will probably see the 1st version.

The examples I mentioned on my previous message are those little "survivors" and it is OK to use them. You WON'T sound old fashioned, in fact you will sound sophisticated:sunglasses:


Σε χαιρετώ,


Stefania,

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Ιουστίνα
Friday at 09:24 PM
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Γεια σου και ευχαριστώ Στεφανία!


Thanks for the explanation and for including the extra examples. Now I'll know when reading Greek to consider that μετά might mean "with" rather than "after" in some contexts.


Yes, μετά τιμής was on your list, although you noted that it was "archaic- katharevousa". Thanks for mentioning it again.


Μετά τιμής,

Ιουστίνα

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Friday at 04:26 PM
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Γεια σου Ιουστίνα!


μετ΄ is the preposition "μετά".

When a words ends in a vowel and the next word starts wit a vowel too, we can remove the last letter of the first word and put an apostrophe instead:

εισιτήριο μετά επιστροφής

εισιτήριο μετ’ επιστροφής


In this way it sounds better. This phenomenon is called "έκθλιψη" in Greek grammar.


But what does "μετά" mean here?


It does not mean "after" as usual. The reason is the genitive that follows (επιστροφής).

Expressions with μετά + genitive mean generally "with...", "together with..."

So "εισιτήριο μετ’ επιστροφής" means "ticket with return">>"2-way ticket"


Some more example of popular expression that use "μετά" in this context:

Δέχτηκε μετά χαράς να μας φιλοξενήσει. = He/she accepted to host us with pleasure (in this context χαρά = pleasure)

Mετά βίας κρατιότανε να μη γελάσει. = He/she tried with difficulty not to laugh. (in this context με βία = with difficulty, με μεγάλη δυσκολία.)

Πήρες άδεια μετ΄ αποδοχών ή άνευ; = Did you get leave with payment or without? (Did you get paid leave or not?)

Mετά μανίας. = With fury


Tο τερπνό(ν) μετά του ωφελίμου. = It is a very old expression, possibly dating from antiquity. It means exactly "The delightful with the beneficial". We use it in a context like this:

Tα ταξίδια πολλές φορές συνδυάζουν το τερπνό(ν) μετά του ωφελίμου.>>Trips often combine the delightful with the beneficial>> something similar to "combine business with pleasure" but instead of business, it means anything that can be beneficial, educational etc.


Δρόμος μετ΄ εμποδίων. = Road/Path with hurdles. In sports this expression also refers to the known sprint race "Hurdles"

Mετά φόβου Θεού. = With fear of God. (Used for example when someone does not perform a sin for fear of God)


Do you remember when I wrote you the closing greetings for letters? Did I include "μετά τιμής"? That would be another good example (with honor)


Γεια!


Stefania,

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Ιουστίνα
Friday at 06:49 AM
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Would you please explain the construction εισιτήριο μετ' επιστροφής? What does μετ΄ come from?


Ευχαριστώ!