"הביצים טעימות, אני רוצֶה לאכול אותן."

Translation:The eggs are tasty, I want to eat them.

June 28, 2016

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so eggs have a masculine pl ending but are feminine


True, it's one of those words.


How many are there?


Can you send a link to somewhere which lists these words?


Feminine words that their plural form ends with the masculine ending "-ים"

I took only the words that are really in use and not very old and formal.

Rock – אבנים – אבן

Woman – נשים – אישה

Stomach – בטנים – בטן

Egg- ביצים – ביצה

Vine – גפנים – גפן

Bee – דבורים – דבורה

Road/way – דרכים – דרך

Pigeon/dove – יונים – יונה

Lice – כינים – כינה

Brick – לבנים – לבנה

Needle –מחטים – מחט

Word – מילים – מילה

Ant – נמלים – נמלה

Goat – עיזים – עז

Eye – עיניים – עין

City – ערים – עיר

Pearl – פנינים – פנינה

Once - פעמים – פעם (I'm having difficulty translating this word, look it up)

Bird – ציפור – ציפורים

Frog – צפרדעים – צפרדע

Year – שנים – שנה

Fig – תאנים – תאנה

Worm – תולעים – תולעת

The full list is here without translations https://www.safa-ivrit.org/irregulars/pluralml.php


There are too many words of this form. Maybe next time I'll translate but here is the list. https://www.safa-ivrit.org/irregulars/pluralfm.php


Pumbush, thanks so much, this is really great! Also, is there anything that is the opposite, where a masculine word ends with a feminine plural ending? If so, is there a list for that?


Well thinking about how many we had so far we must be almost through :D


Yes, and some of the 30 are not very common and interesting words.


This is what makes Hebrew super difficult and we have not even entered prepositions that have declination. English is so easy in making words plural. English is so easy in using prepositions. Sure we have about twelve tenses for verbs, but they are not really full conjugations. Hebrew has at least 15 that I have seen in just active-simple (pa-al). I have been trying to learn Hebrew for six years and I am still below a 3-year-old level at most. I learned English in just 6 months or less when I came to the U.S. as a child from the now-defunct USSR. Why is Hebrew so difficult?


Because you're learning as an adult, everything seemed easier as a child... (checkout fluent forever website or book that explains child language learning vs adult... I am finding using Memrise Duolingo Hebrew vocab course in advance very very helpful. & the fluent forever book


i started that but it refused to give me the whole alphabet without paying and i can't pay so i looked up the alphabet on youtube, helped a bit but without the practice part it's still slow going


What? What did you use? I've been using it for months and never paid. I actually signed up as a pro but realised since it's not made by memrise only a community upload, the pro had no benefit at all. So I cancelled. But that was only after using it for a month for free. Maybe you tried the wrong thing? I promise you , you will get ads to upgrade but you just hit no thanks or back arrow & that's it. (Let me know how it goes!)

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Take heart, I don't know much and seemed overloaded but everything has it's different forms which are the same throughout the language. Once you get the hang of plural, feminine, masculine, and their plurals, etc. it's not too hard!


Any idea why we don't need הם between הביצים and טעימות?


In general, the copula is not necessary in "noun is adjective" type of sentences, and it's better not to use it.


And I think that the copula is only used when making a general statement about the noun in general. Since you are talking about "the" eggs, not just "eggs", you would not use the copula.


Even after quite a while in Israel, I never noticed people using אותן when referring to inanimate objects, only people. Is this the result of mishearing people on my part, or is אותם actually being used as a gender-independent pronoun for objects?


Generally native speakers replace אותן with אותם often. Probably even more so when referring to inanimate objects.


?אבל איך הוא יודע שהן טעימות לפני שהוא אוכל אותן


It could be something he's had before. I'm sure you have been to a restaurant and have gotten the same dish because it was so good last time you had it. Or you love when someone in your family makes something they're really good at. (My mum's cousin makes a version of Passover Oreos... I've had them every seder for years, I know they're always delicious!) :)


Be careful with this sentence, it may be weird in Hebrew slang...


Thought אוכל meant food or eat. But this is spelt אכול. Is it spelt differently when you add ל for the to?


It's the infinitive of א-כ-ל in Pa'al, לאכול (le'ekhol), meaning "to eat".


Would it not make more sense to say "The eggs look tasty..."? I understand its about practice and not so much grammar, but for the sake of justifying the sentence? Because in my mind, one would not say something is tasty, and then subsequently ask to eat them.


You probably do and haven't realised it... Or have heard others do it. Have you ever been to a bakery and seen someone comment out loud, "oooh that looks really good, can I have 2 of those?" (I do agree that the sentences they used sounds like a robot, and it's to understand how the grammar works. But it does seem phrased so that we can build on it later. Still annoying in the interim though. I hate having to learn this way.)


So the gender of the plural form still follows the singular (ביצה) even if the -im ending is usually for masculine ones, no?


I used "delicious" instead of "tasty." Without success. Any clarification would be appreciated.


"delicious" should be accepted here, as it is in some other exercises. Sometimes using the Report/Flag button gets the attention of the course managers.

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A comma is inappropriate here; it should be a semicolon


I guess "The delicious eggs, I want to eat them" isn't the same


Correct. "The delicious/tasty eggs" would be הביצים הטעימות, in which the adjective also has the definite article ה.
Please see the "Summary of Simple Phrase Structures" section in the Tips for the "Adj. Intro" skill on Duo's website, or in the compilation of Tips at:

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What is the difference between wanna and want to? Why did I fail by writing wanna?


"wanna" is very informal. Some people intend it as a contraction of "want to", some people use it as slang, and some people simply slur the words "want to" into "wanna".

Not every possible answer will be anticipated, but you can always use the flag/report button, which may let you say that your answer should have been accepted.

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Tasty and delicious are same meaning

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