Most Important Greek Verbs to Know

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When it comes to forming sentences and thoughts in the Greek language, verbs are one of the most important components! According to Webster’s Dictionary, a verb is:

Verbs are words that show an action (sing), occurrence (develop), or state of being (exist). Almost every sentence requires a verb. The basic form of a verb is known as its infinitive. The forms call, love, break, and go are all infinitives.

In other words, verbs help people express a complete thought. This is the case for most languages, and Greek is no exception. Although there are a lot of verbs that you could learn, there are only a few standouts that you will want to use on a regular basis. You should learn these first so you can be comfortable with using them in sentences:

Most Important Verbs to Know in the Greek Language

  • είμαι – eimai – to be
  • έχω – eho –  to have
  • κάνω – kano – to do, to make
  • πηγαίνω – pigaino – to go
  • έρχομαι – erhomai – to come
  • λέω – layo – to say, to tell
  • περιπατώ – perpato – to walk
  • βάζω – vazo – to put (on), to place
  • μένω – meno- to stay, to live
  • μιλάω (μιλώ) – milaw (milo) –  to speak/to talk
  • μπορώ – bor0 – can
  • θέλω – thelo – to want
  • ξέρω – ksero – to know
  • δίνω – thino – to give
  • παίρνω – pairno – to take, to get
  • κλείνω – kleeno – to close
  • ρωτώ – roto – ro to ask
  • ζητώ – zito – to ask for
  • κρατώ – krato – to hold, to keep
  • φέρνω – ferno –  to bring
  • ακούω – akouo –  to listen, to hear
  • περνώ – perno – to pass, to cross, to drop by
  • γυρίζω – yurizo – to turn, to return, to come back
  • πιάνω – pano –  to touch, to catch, to reach

Once you learn the verbs, you will need to learn how to conjugate them according to what you need. Verbs have different tenses and also need to change depending on whether you need the first person, second person, or third person forms. We started talking about this idea in more detail in a previous article. 


The Learn Greek section on GreekBoston.com was written by Greeks to help people understand the conversational basics of the Greek language. This article is not a substitute for a professional Greek learning program, but a helpful resource for people wanting to learn simple communication in Greek.

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