"Mom or dad?"
Translation:אמא או אבא?
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Ha'im is a question word for yes/no questions. Here it will be "מי" - who. מי, אמא או אבא? (who, mom or dad?). Or "מי יותר טוב, אמא או אבא?" (who is better, mom or dad?) (both of them). Ha'im is for yes/no questions, let's say - "Are you (male) writing?" האם אתה כותב? Or, "Is the sky blue?" - האם השמיים כחולים?. These questions are answered by yes or no. Or maybe (; By the way: Ha'im is FORMAL. In every day speech and writing, no one will use it. You will say "אתה כותב?" or "השמיים כחולים?" instead. Yes, the only difference between "אתה כותב" (you are writing.) and "אתה כותב?" (are you writing?") is the question mark. And the intonation of a question! (: "השמיים כחולים?"="is the sky blue?". "השמיים כחולים"="the sky is blue". That's why it was difficult for me to learn the structure of a question in English - why would you change the order of the words? (; xD
I,צ חודא נוןךגןמע - oops, forgot to switch from the QuickAssist Hebrew to the QWERTY (UK English) keyboard. As you deduce, I was trying to say "just building.." my Hebrew Alphabet WITH qa HEBREW KEYS ADDED. So it starts with 'T' at the end of the first - א - line. But my model - the alephbet in "TYHebrew in three Months" (by Glenda Adamson, Hugo Language books, 1998, pp 8-13) , does not supply tht ultra-long vertical line supplied by Duolingo as the second letter of 'or' after the aleph, in the correcting response. In the Lonely Planet phrasebook p 18 . I read that vav serves a marker for the vowels 'o' and 'u', and when put in the correct place (as I did not) I take it that it supplies the vowel 'o' as that is how the Hebrew for 'or' seems to sound. But then I'm pretty deaf...any comments on my reasoing?
Thanks, Danny, I don't know how to tell the difference between the 2 types of keyboard you mention. I installed - or rather my computer-numerate friend installed - the one offered by Quick Assist, which he showed me does exist as an option in my microsoft pull-down menu. Experiment, using the QA keyboard: am I wrong in understanding that "אן" shows us that my keyboard does show that its 'I' key gives me the letter vav?