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"אני רוצֶה חיית מחמד!"

Translation:I want a pet!

June 22, 2016



Could someone explain what "חיית מחמד" means literally?


Literally, it means “charm[-ing] animal”.

In Hebrew, compound nouns are written as separate words, with the last word in normal nominal form, and the rest in construct form. For feminine singular nouns like ’חַיָה‚=“animal”, the construct form is normally formed simply by replacing the suffix ’ה ָ  ‚ with ’ת ַ  ‚.


Oh! I get it! Is it like when the word for restaurant "misada" is changed to reflect a specific type of restaurant "misadat achim"?


Exactly. Or when ’אֲרוּחָה‚=“meal” is changed to reflect a specific type of meal like ’אֲרוּחַת בֹּקֶר‚=“breakfast”.


the word "חיית" is the possessive form of the word "חיה" (khaya) which means animal (another way to say animal "בעל חיים", which literally translates to owner of a life), I don't know what the word "מחמד" means, all I know is that it comes from root ח-מ-ד, which is related to "נחמד" (nice, pronounced nekhmad) and "חמוד" (cute, pronounced khamud).


The mem means, one who is. So deducting our combined Hebrew, it means "Animal that-is-cute." Woah woah, the Arabic word Mohamed comes from the same root! This guy wants the life of Mohamed! (Religion logic)


Almost correct?......


Why is חיית not pronounced as khayeet ?


The doubled yod is to indicate that the yod is being used as a consonant so you don't misread it as a vowel.


Is there a written rule somewhere (DL or otherwise) for when the doubling of yod or vav or whatever else takes place? Because I know I've picked up on it incidentally, but whenever I think I've figured out the rule, I feel like I see something else that contradicts what I thought. Any help appreciated.

Thanks in advance!


Aaah, the penny has finally dropped. תודה! Like in German tomato is Tomate, but tomato salad would be TomateNsalat. Ok, I see.


Not really, since it is the other noun which changes here.


How would you say "pets"?


Chayat machmad = pet

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