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Καταφέρει - manages or manging?
by TImon Rossolimos - Monday, 7 March 2016, 05:07 PM
  Sorry, simple question.
The word καταφέρει.
How do I know if it is "he, she, it manages" or "he, she, it is managing"?
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Re: Καταφέρει - manages or manging?
by Nick Savchenko - Tuesday, 8 March 2016, 02:27 AM
  If you ask about general meaning - καταφέρω or καταφέρνω means "I succeed in doing something" rather than "I manage".

If you ask about grammatical difference - there is no distinction between present simple and present continuous in Greek, so you have to determine the difference from context, like:

Το καταφέρει κάθε μέρα - he manages it/succeeds in it every day.
Το καταφέρει τώρα - he's managing it/succeeding in it right now.

These examples look rather artificial, because I think this verb is rarely used in its present tense, you'll likely see it in aorist (past simple), perfect or future tenses and their subjunctive forms.
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Re: Καταφέρει - manages or manging?
by Greg Brush - Tuesday, 8 March 2016, 11:19 AM
  See the Ed. Note at the beginning of Lesson 9 about this issue regarding the present tense of a Greek verb.

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