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by Ross Graves - Monday, 3 August 2009, 09:33 PM
Does anyone know what the word καιγόμαστε means? I think it's in the 1st person plural, but otherwise, I can find no form in any dictionary...
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Re: καιγόμαστε
by Greg Brush - Tuesday, 4 August 2009, 11:48 AM
  καιγόμαστε (present middle/passive of καίω, I burn) = we are burned, we are on fire.

καίω is one of a handful of verbs which, like ακούω (L14), τρώω (L37), λέω (L37), and κλαίω (L82), drop the stem -γ- in the present tense of active voice, but retain the stem -γ- in the remainder of the active present system (i.e., in the active imperfect, continuous imperative, and present participle) and throughout the present system of middle/passive voice.

See "FYI: άκουγα (past continuous of ακούω)" in Discussion Forum 75 and "FYI: κλαίω" in Discussion Forum 82 for a little more about this type of verb.

By the way, this is an example where the Neurolingo website http://www.neurolingo.gr/online_tools/lexiscope.htm
is invaluable for beginners -- enter the form καιγόμαστε (with or without accent mark), and Neurolingo will show you the base verb as well as all conjugated forms.

Greg Brush
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Re: καιγόμαστε
by Ross Graves - Friday, 7 August 2009, 12:48 AM
  Thank you again, Greg.