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Already - ήδη - not in GFO
by jean isma - Saturday, 3 September 2011, 12:26 AM
  This is one important language structure word that wasn't introduced in any of the LGO lessons, didn't see it in any discussions I read (perhaps I missed one).
Now I am lousy at grammar (working hard to overcome that), don't know if it is an adjective or adverb or... or...
Is there a discussion which deals with missing structure words like that?
or could we make this discussion one?
Important structure word + example of use
eg: ήδή: Είναι ήδη αύριο


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Re: Already - ήδη - not in GFO
by Greg Brush - Saturday, 3 September 2011, 12:29 PM
  You're right, the adverb of time ήδη, "already", is not used or introduced in LGO. Remember, however, that LGO is a basic introduction to spoken Modern Greek and is based on the lessons orιginally written about 45 years ago for CyBC radio broadcasts. As such, the scripts for the Audio Lessons were constrained by broadcast time requirements, and thus unfortunately do not include everything that one might like to have in such a course.

As an example, in addition to a few other adverbs of time or place, there are a number of common conjunctions (for example, the causative conjunction επειδή, "since, because, in so far as") and semi-formal pronouns (for example, the inflected indefinite pronoun οποιοσδήποτε, "whoever") which the course does not mention and which are seen on a daily basis in the somewhat formal writing style of contemporary newspapers.

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Re: Already - ήδη - not in GFO
by jean isma - Sunday, 4 September 2011, 11:42 PM
thanks for confirming that my memory still serves me well and for helping me in distinguishing that ήδη is an adverb of time.
I do realise that we shouldn't expect LGO to include everything of the modern language, taken it was written 45 years ago and, as for any course, there was a finite duration for it.

I am ever grateful for everything I've learnt from the LGO and from your input, and how that motivated me to go further, no questions about that.

You've already done a great job with your FYIs and extended replies to questions asked, giving extra info as you saw fit to the relevance of the lessons.

I wonder, however, if there could be a way to organize all the common adjectives/adverbs/verbs that may have been left out, which you, other students and I may come to think about, like my example and your two other ones in here.

I leave this one to your good judgement, if it would be worthwhile, and how to implement that or not.