Memorizing Greek Vocabulary Question

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Ronald Quick | Forum Activity | Posted: Sat, Sep 11 2010 8:29 AM

I have been going through Black's Learn to Read NT Greek and the vocabulary lists to memorize look like this:

Neuter nouns of the second declension.
δῶρον, τό      gift
ἔργον, τό      work
εὐαγγέλιον, τό      gospel
ἱερόν, τό      temple
τέκνον, τό      child


Feminine nouns of the second declension.

ἔρημος, ἡ      wilderness, desert
ὁδός, ἡ      road, way

 

Do I need to memorize only the vocabulary word and definition or do I need to know which are Neuter nouns, second declension?  Also do I need to memorize the  "τό "   or " τέκνον, τό "?

Thanks for the help.

Ron

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Justin Cofer | Forum Activity | Replied: Sat, Sep 11 2010 8:36 AM

Yes, its important to memorize the article.    Those feminine nouns you listed are tricky ones because they look like masculine nouns with the os ending, but they are not.  Same thing for prophetes which is tricky because its a masculine noun, not a feminine.  There's no way around it ... you have to memorize the article.

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Kevin Becker | Forum Activity | Replied: Sat, Sep 11 2010 8:42 AM

If you don't know the declension and gender you are likely to miss-decline the nouns which can wreak havoc with translation (i.e. you might associate adjectives with the wrong noun).

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Ronald Quick | Forum Activity | Replied: Sat, Sep 11 2010 8:57 AM

Thanks a lot.

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