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by Guest User - Monday, 28 December 2009, 11:43 AM

Please, help me understand the difference between πρέπει να δουλεύω και πρέπει να δουλέψω. If I say I have to work hard every day, I'll use the former; if I say I have to work till late tonight, I'll use the latter. Is that right or wrong? But if I mean that I have to work till June before going on holiday, which one is correct?

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Re: Πρέπει
by Greg Brush - Wednesday, 30 December 2009, 06:14 PM
  πρέπει να δουλέψω is correct:
Πρέπει να δουλέψω μέχρι τον Ιούνιο. = I have to work till June.

Keep in mind that, in practice, continuous subjunctive forms are just not used that often. So, other than your first example, where it must be used because of "every day" (κάθε μέρα):
Πρέπει να δουλεύω σκληρά κάθε μέρα. = I have to work hard every day.

you'd only find πρέπει να δουλεύω in something like:
Πρέπει να δουλεύω πολύ σκληρά πλέον, μέχρι το τέλος της ζωής μου. = I have to work very hard from now on for the rest of my life.

Hope this helps,
Greg Brush
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Re: Πρέπει
by Guest User - Saturday, 2 January 2010, 12:44 PM

Thank you very much for your clear explanation!