The ‘να’ & the ‘ ότι’

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So far you have learned the infinitive in Greek [ να+ verb] when you want to link two verbs together. In English, the word να is the to, which also links two verbs together.

e.g. I want to speak Greek. Θέλω να μιλάω Ελληνικά.

As in English, after some verbs you cannot use the word to as it would be grammatically incorrect. Instead, you use the word that. This word is used with verbs that express opinion or belief. The word for that in Greek is ότι.

e.g. Νομίζω ότι η δουλειά του είναι κουραστική. Ι think that his job is tiring.

Έχω την γνώμη ότι πρέπει να είσαι συγκεντρωμένος. Ι have the opinion that you have to be concentrated.

Πιστεύω ότι αυτός έχει μεγάλη οικογένεια. Ι believe that he has a big family.

You can also read:Talk about hobbies in Modern Greek

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