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How do I know which determinative article to use when I say a company name? (το, η, ο)

for example, whis is it ' το facebook ' and ' η apple ' ?

How do I know which one to use?

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It depends on the gender of the noun that is implied.

We say "η apple", because we mean "η εταιρεία (feminine) = the company" BUT we say "το Facebook" because Facebook is a social media and in Greek this is "το μέσο κοινωνικής δικτύωσης (neuter)".

It is not wrong to say "η Facebook", but we would mean the company Facebook (and it is more common for us to refer to Facebook as a social media, not as a company).

Another example: "η ΙΚΕΑ" is the official (IKEA's advertisements, for example, are with "η") but we usually say "το IKEA", because me mean the store (= το κατάστημα), which is also neuter.

So, saying "η" if it's a company (any company) would be fine, but maybe that is not the most common way to say it.

--------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Vasiliki Baskou, Instructor/Director, https://learn-greek-online.com.

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