δεν

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Greek[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Ancient Greek οὐδέν ‎(oudén, in no way)

Alternative forms[edit]

Particle[edit]

δεν ‎(den)  (negating particle)

  1. not
    Δεν ήρθα χθες στο γραφείο.
    Den ī́rtha chthes sto grafeío.
    I didn't come to the office yesterday.
    Δεν έρχεσαι μαζί μας;
    Den érchesai mazí mas?
    Won't you come with us?
  2. not (with stress on the negative aspect of a statement)
    Πήρε δεν πήρε εκατό ευρώ.
    Pī́re den pī́re ekató eurṓ.
    He didn't even get one hundred euros.

Usage notes[edit]

  • This form is used only when the following letter is a vowel or a plosive consonant (ie κ, ξ, π, τ, ψ, γκ, ντ, μπ).
  • δεν and δε are used with indicative verb forms, but μην and μη are used with subjunctive verbs and imperatives.

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