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7.45 Forms of Personal Pronouns

Make sure you memorize all of the forms of the personal pronouns in Croy Lesson 7, section 45.

Do not worry about the rules for accenting the different forms. In your Greek writing for this class, you are not required to use the accent marks.

The most important thing to remember is this: Greek does NOT use the nominative form of the personal pronouns except as a matter of emphasis! This is because the verb already tells you who the subject is. You do not need to use the pronoun as you do in English.

If you use the pronouns ἐγώ, σύ, ἡμεῖς, ὑμεῖς, αὐτή, αὐτός, or αὐτό to express the subject of a verb in one of your Greek compositions, this will be marked as a grammatical error. You do not need to express the subject of the verb with a pronoun because the verb by itself is enough.

Here is a chart showing English sentences with a pronoun subject. The Greek sentences do not contain a pronoun for the subject.

I am talking. λέγω.
You are eating. ἐσθίεις.
He sees the children. βλέπει τὰ τέκνα.
She saves the kingdom. τὴν βασιλείαν σῳζει.
We are throwing rocks. λίθους βάλλομεν.
You do not know. οὐ γινώσκετε.
They believe. πιστεύουσιν.


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