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kai between adjectives

Postby Bert » Fri Jul 04, 2003 10:44 pm

I translated e)/xomen polla\j kai\ kala\j boula/j as "we have many and good plans". kai\ seems not necessary so it could be "we have many good plans". Or does kai/ make this mean something like;" we have many plans, and good ones at that".<br />Thank you.
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Re: kai between adjectives

Postby annis » Fri Jul 04, 2003 10:53 pm

It means "we have many good plans." Greek doesn't like to string together adjectives without some connection. When two adjectives go with a noun they will always be connected with [face=SPIonic]kai/[/face].
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Re: kai between adjectives

Postby auctor » Fri Jul 04, 2003 11:25 pm

This is probably not needed after William's explanation but (as a learner myself) one shouldn't forget that kai <br />is often better translated as *also*, *as well* as well as the more emphatic *and*.<br />In my limited experience Greek ties phrases together with conjunctions/particles that *normal* English wouldn't normally use. The difficulty (for me) is translating Greek accurately for the tutor's benefit (and for my own to get better marks!) and at the same time producing a fluid English version.<br /><br />Question: Is there a valediction in Greek to compare with *cheers for now*... xaire seems too final to me for our chit-chats, or am I wrong. Any ideas?<br /><br />Paul
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