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"I love eating fruit."

Translation:אני אוהב לאכול פירות.

June 24, 2016



why is it פירות and not פרי?


It's fruit in general, fruit as a collective noun. Not "a fruit".


So I take it פירת is feminine?


It is masculine; its plural form is an exception.


Why is the ל necessary before אכול ?? Wouldn't i translate this the exact same way without that ל?


The translation is a little sketchy. Duolingo presents the phrase "I love eating fruit" but they are looking for it to be literally translated " I love to eat fruit".

Eat is אוכל To eat is לאכול


I think the ל signifies that it is the infinitive.


Yes, because the ל is virtually the same as putting "to" before a word in English. If you think about it, "He loves eating" and "He loves to eat" have the same meaning. In Hebrew placing the ל before אוכל makes it infinitive. Otherwise it would just mean "He loves eat fruit." Which isn't correct no matter how you say it.


That's very helpful thank you.


Is there another way to say "eating" in Hebrew rather than using the infinitive?


This is not authoritative - but the word "eating" can be translated as "אכילה" meaning the process of eating (the gerund). But it would strike me as very odd indeed to use it in the present scenario. If you understand French, this is the equivalent to "J'aime MANGER ...."


This is correct - אכילה is precisely the gerund of לאכול, like "eating" in the sentence "Eating fruit is fun." In the case of a sentence like "He likes to eat fruit" however, a Hebrew-speaker would pretty much always use the infinitive לאכול ("to eat").


I am just learning too, but not so far that I have learned


Obviously, grammaticaly talking the structure of two verbs together is the lamed before like you do with the vav before.


Why isn't it פריות?


that's spelled wrong


If a woman is speaking it would not be אוהבת?


Yes, for a woman it would be "אוהבת".
"אני אוהבת לאכול פירות"


Why does אוכל changes to אכול in infinitive form, and is there any difference in pronunciation?


in this case the question should be: i love eating fruits and not i love eating fruit!


Fruit is פרי, fruits is פירות, right???


the english should have said fruits....and then i could have written פריות but because it said fruit i wrote פרי ....and the program gave me an error...please rectify this is misleading and it is not fair!


You ask about the singular not the plural "fruits" so


אפשר גם פרי פה.


Fruit = פרי


So it told me to write "I love eating fruit" and i wrote אני אוהבת אוכלת פירות. It told me that i need the infinitive form, "lechol" instead of ochelet. I dont understand why my answer wasn't accepted since it said "eating" and not "to eat". Can anyonr explain?


Fruit is singular!


Why i can not say that i love eating any fruit or any kind of fruit in Hebrew. Why in plural. It was confusing! I know grammar is ok


Uhhh what does that mean?


This shows a gerund (eating) in English, but after I answer with the Hebrew gerund (אוכל), then it says my answer is incorrect because they want to see the infinitive form (לאכול) even though that is not what it shows in English (to eat). I do not understand that.


Different languages use different constructions to convey the same meaning. Insisting on word-by-word translation is not a good strategy for learning a foreign language. In Hebrew, the verbs אוהב and רוצה take an infinitive clause as complement.

Also, see my post above - the gerund of לאכול is אכילה.


פירות is plural


The english should be "I love to eat fruit" if the hebrew uses the infinitive in hebrew. Grrrr.


I understand what you are saying, but I disagree.

The usual English (UK at least) phrase uses the gerund and the usual Hebrew uses the infinitive. The translation of one natural phrase should be (where possible) with another natural phrase.

On the other hand, DL ought to accept (I do not know if it does) "I like to eat fruit".


In english this should say I love to eat fruit. Because the hebrew לאכול is "to eat" not "eat".

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