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?באה and בא What is the difference between

They are both listed as comes/coming, but I don't see any rule that describes when to use one and not the other.

June 24, 2016

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https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Olja.
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בא - [ba], באה - [baa]

hu ba - he comes / he is coming

hi baa - she comes / she is coming

ani ba - I (male) come / I am (male) coming

ani baa - I (female) come / I am (female) coming

There are a lot of verbs like this. For example,

מקווה

1) Ani mekaveh - I (male) hope

2) Ani mekavah - I (female) hope

And many others :)

June 24, 2016

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/sara.naor

A note for less advanced: Baa should be read with a pause between the a, ba-a. Not like the noise a sheep makes :D

Also she is pronounced as "hee". Hi looks like the word for a greeting and would certainly throw people off in conversation.

June 25, 2016

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/quadrin

They're gendered words - בא for males, באה for females.

June 24, 2016

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Plus200

Everything they said, but it is also for past tense:

בא - He came

She came - באה

The difference in pronunciation between past and present for these words is that the stress in on the other syllable. Most native speakers pronounce both with the same stress and you need to understand the context.

This is true for third person only in past. 1st and 2nd persons in the past tense are totally different.

March 16, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Squeeky6

diffrent

July 28, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Adam711804

We know it is different

July 21, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/BlueBokobl

but he didn't

May 14, 2019
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