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What are the rules behind the usage of the word "את" in modern Hebrew?

June 22, 2016



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We have already met the direct object connector: "אֵת"(et).

It is counted as a preposition and we use it to mark a direct object (the receiver of an action). It appears when there is a definite article attached to the noun (i.e. "the" - "ה").

In some cases the word "ה" is not necessary to express a specific direct object, for example, nouns related to family members (mom, dad, sister, brother etc.), people's names. That's because family members are usually specified (a guy will usually have one mother and one father).

For example:

"אני אוהב את אמא שלי" - I love my mom. "אני אוהב את טל" - I love Tal."


Thank you Tal... I love Tal..... Please Tal..... Hello, this is Tal... The first couple skills seemed to be obsessed with Tal!!


hahaha. he's a popular guy!


I thought Tal was a girl!?


תודה טל,אני אוהב טל,בבקשה טל,שלום זה טל....טל טל טל!!!


Does -מ as a prefix take the place of את with a direct object?


basically if the object of a verb has 'definite' status (that is, if it a specific person or has the article 'ha-' in front of it), et is put in front of the object. it's a little like the personal a (el leon come a la abeja vs. ha-ariah okhel et ha-dvorah; pretend in this case that the bee would take a personal a).

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