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"הוא שונא אותי אך אני לא שונא אותו."

Translation:He hates me but I do not hate him.

June 23, 2016


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What's the difference between אך and אבל?

June 23, 2016


They are synonyms. אך is rather archaic, you wouldn't hear it in daily conversation, but it would sometimes appear in written language.

June 23, 2016


What about אלא ? Is אבל more like however/although, while אלא is more like rather/instead?

December 27, 2016


The word אלא is used for a different meaning of but. I think it's not very common in English nowadays.

When the second part is complementing the first part use אלא

It was not me, but him - זה לא היה אני אלא הוא

When but adds a certain contrast, it's אבל

I ate it but I didn't like it - אכלתי את זה אבל לא אהבתי את זה

December 28, 2016


Agree? Or ate?

And what about ".אני לא אוכל בשר, אלא גבינה" ? Seems like the second part contrasts with the first...

December 28, 2016


Sorry, fixed.

Your example is like my first one.

January 2, 2017


Naftali coming to the rescue, again.

August 1, 2019


I always think of אלא as meaning "but rather."

June 29, 2017


Yes, "but rather" is a solid way to look at אלא. There's further discussion of this matter here in DL: https://forum.duolingo.com/comment/16336259

August 21, 2019


I think the English sentence should have a comma, like so: "He hates me, but I do not hate him." Hebrew doesn't seem to use as many commas as English. Is that true? Or are the Duolingo sentences just a little more lax on grammar?

October 14, 2017


I've read the same thing. They don't use as many punctuation marks and many are from Western language.

July 25, 2018


Yeah! Love your enemies, bro!

March 1, 2018


Well, at least you could begin with the Golden rule: אהבת לרעך כמוך (Lev 19.18) you shall love your neighbour as yourself.

April 7, 2019


Thanks, IngeborgHa14. Cf. ‎וְאָהַבְתָּ֥ לוֹ֙ כָּמ֔וֹךָ כִּֽי־גֵרִ֥ים הֱיִיתֶ֖ם בְּאֶ֣רֶץ מִצְרָ֑יִם אֲנִ֖י יְהוָ֥ה אֱלֹהֵיכֶֽם

August 21, 2019


This is not our commandment. And we are at war when our enemies are killing our men, women, children, and elderly. This is both naive and offensive to preach love to enemies to a nation in the state of war.

April 19, 2019


Would this be a good translation?

He hates me I however don't hate him.

June 30, 2017
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