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    the Greek language

    How to say in English древнегреческий? Lingvo says: древнегреческий язык = Greek, the Greek language. But this means just "греческий", not "древнегреческий"...
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    Re: the Greek language

    Quote Originally Posted by Оля
    How to say in English древнегреческий? Lingvo says: древнегреческий язык = Greek, the Greek language. But this means just "греческий", not "древнегреческий"...
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    Я так и думала, но почему Lingvo врёт??
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    Quote Originally Posted by Оля
    Я так и думала, но почему Lingvo врёт??
    Да не то что бы врёт... Древнегреческий действительно часто называют по-английски просто Greek. Мне это много раз встречалось.

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    [quote=translations.nm.ru]
    Quote Originally Posted by "Оля":37figybk
    Я так и думала, но почему Lingvo врёт??
    Да не то что бы врёт... Древнегреческий действительно часто называют по-английски просто Greek. Мне это много раз встречалось.[/quote:37figybk]

    You could refer to Ancient Greek as just 'Greek', but it could lead to ambiguity. 'Greek' when talking about language primarily refers to the modern variant.

    Same with Hebrew and Ancient Hebrew.
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    [quote=TATY]
    Quote Originally Posted by translations.nm.ru
    Quote Originally Posted by "Оля":1x4mgk6w
    Я так и думала, но почему Lingvo врёт??
    Да не то что бы врёт... Древнегреческий действительно часто называют по-английски просто Greek. Мне это много раз встречалось.
    You could refer to Ancient Greek as just 'Greek', but it could lead to ambiguity. 'Greek' when talking about language primarily refers to the modern variant.

    Same with Hebrew and Ancient Hebrew.[/quote:1x4mgk6w]
    Yes, it just depends on context. If you're talking about Biblical times, the Greek city states, etc., then it's obviously ancient Greek, but if you don't really explain the time in question, then people will naturally assume you mean the Greek spoken today.
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    (общ.) древнегреческий язык=Ancient Greek


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