"My boss works at night."

Translation:הבוסית שלי עובדת בלילה.

June 25, 2016

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בוסי עובד בלילה.

I hate it when I get it wrong when using gender neutral nouns, how are we supposed to know that it is a female boss?


You don't say בוסי, you say הבוס שלי. I'm guessing that't the issue rather than the gender. Possessive suffixes don't work with words that come from other languages.


So the general rule is not to use possessive suffixes on loan words?


Well, in spoken language the rule is not to use possessive suffixes on almost any word. But certainly never on loan words.


Specifically, what nouns are we allowed to use the possessive suffix with ?


it is much more common about family relatives (אחי - my brother, btw it's also a slang like "bro", אחותי - my sister, סבתי - my grandma, but usually people use the word סבתי only if the grandma past away because it's much more natural saying סבתי עליה השלום or סבתי זכרונה לברכה (my grandma RIP) than saying it with סבתא שלי), the same goes for אמי, אבי, סבי (my mom, my dad, my grandpa). sometimes you can hear parents say בני or בתי (my son, my daughter). it is rarely used to describe relatives of other people apart from אחותה (her sister) or אחותך (your sister). it is also common when talking about several books ספרי (my books), ספריך (your books). also we have a term like "youth", and when talking especially on 3rd person, but also on 2nd person youth you'll use possessive suffix - בנעוריה, בנעוריהן, בנעריו etc the same goes for בילדותו, בילדותה (when he was a child, when she was a child) etc. that what pops right away, probably there are a few more possessive suffix commonly used


Wow, thanks hamutaltul!


it just gave you the closest correct answer, in this case, בוסית הבוס שלי would have worked


ha-bosít sheli ovédet ba-láilah


In regard to Hamultaltul’s post...then saying avi, imi and sabi are also avoided because then it sounds as though they have passed away?

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