θα

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Greek[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From a contraction of θέλω να (thélo na, I wish that I may).

Pronunciation[edit]

Particle[edit]

θα (tha)

  1. added before the present verb forms to form the continuous or imperfective future tense:
    Θα τον προσέχω όλη μου τη ζωή.Tha ton prosécho óli mou ti zoí.I will watch over him for the rest of my life.
    Ο αδερφός μου θα βλέπει την σειρά όσο συνεχίσει.O aderfós mou tha vlépei tin seirá óso synechísei.My brother will be watching that series as long as it continues.
    Ας γκρινιάζει, εγώ θα πηγαίνω εκεί όσο θέλω.As gkriniázei, egó tha pigaíno ekeí óso thélo.Let him moan, I'll go there for as long as I want.
  2. added before the dependent verb forms to form the simple or perfective future tense:
    Αύριο, θα δούμε μια ταινία στο σινεμά.Ávrio, tha doúme mia tainía sto sinemá.Tomorrow, we'll see a film at the cinema.
    Σου υπόσχομαι ότι δεν θα πω τίποτα.Sou ypóschomai óti den tha po típota.I promise you I won't say anything.
    Όταν το δει η μάνα μου, θα με σκοτώσει!Ótan to dei i mána mou, tha me skotósei!When my mother sees it, she'll kill me!
  3. added before the present forms of έχω and the non-finite to form some types of the future perfect:
    Μέχρι να γυρίσεις από την αγορά, θα έχω τελειώσει.Méchri na gyríseis apó tin agorá, tha écho teleiósei.By the time you come back from the market, I will have finished.
    Τον Ιανουάριο, θα έχω δουλέψει εκεί είκοσι χρόνια.Ton Ianouário, tha écho doulépsei ekeí eíkosi chrónia.In January, I will have worked there twenty years.
  4. added before the imperfect forms of έχω and the non-finite to form some types of the pluperfect:
    Θα είχα πάει να κοιμηθώ, γι' αυτό δεν σε άκουσα.Tha eícha páei na koimithó, gi' aftó den se ákousa.I would have gone to sleep, that's why I didn't hear you.
  5. added before the imperfect verb forms to form the conditional mood:
    Αν δεν είχα φρενάρει, θα τον σκότωνα.An den eícha frenárei, tha ton skótona.If I hadn't braked, I would have killed him.
    Τι θα γινόταν αν πατούσα αυτό το κουμπί;Ti tha ginótan an patoúsa aftó to koumpí?What would happen if I pressed this button?
    Εγώ σ' αυτή την περίπτωση, θα του έλεγα να φύγει.Egó s' aftí tin períptosi, tha tou élega na fýgei.In that case, I'd tell him to leave.

Related terms[edit]

  • να (na) (particle used before dependent form in subjunctive clauses)
  • δεν (den) (negative particle used before θα)