"No, the dog is not barking."

Translation:לא, הכלב לא נובח.

June 28, 2016

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For those who had the female version of the phrase: lo, hakalba lo novachat


and for those who had masculine:

lo, ha-kélev lo novéach.


what is the difference between לא and אינו?


The word אינו can be used as negative instead of "לא" in present tense, for a more formal style (hardly used in spoken language). In future or past tenses, you must use "לא".

This is an inflection of the word "אין" for the pronoun "הוא" (he). So for other pronouns you need to slightly change the word:

the dog does not bark = הכלב אינו נובח

the female dog does not bark = הכלבה אינה נובחת

the dogs do not bark = הכלבים אינם נובחים

the female dogs do not bark = הכלבות אינן נובחות

For I, we and you the pronoun doesn't have to be said explicitly, as it's implied by the inflection of אין:

I do not bark = אני איני נובח/איני נובח

We do not bark = אנחנו איננו נובחים/איננו נובחים

You(s,m) do not bark = אתה אינךָ נובח/אינךָ נובח

You(s,f) do not bark = את אינךְ נובחת/אינךְ נובחת

You(p,m) do not bark = אתם אינכם נובחים/אינכם נובחים

You(p,f) do not bark = אתן אינכן נובחות/אינכן נובחות

Of course, you can just use "לא" instead. :-)


Thanks, and just for clarification, for the first person feminine is : אני אינה נובחת, no?

And I don't understand why is duplicated: You(p,m) do not bark = אתם אינכם נובחים/אינכם נובחים You(p,f) do not bark = אתן אינכן נובחות/אינכן נובחות

It's a typo, no?


first person feminine is "אני איני נובחת" (the inflection of אין is the same).

It's not duplicate, the last letter is different ('ם' vs. 'ן'). That's the difference between second person plural masculine and second person plural feminine.


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How are we supposed to know that the feminine is being used


We would know the feminine is being used if the forms for dog kalba, and bark, novokhat, were feminine. However, we know the masculine is being used, because dog, kelev, and bark, noveakh, are masculine forms.


your choice for dog was הכלבה


I think if you wanted to be technically correct (since we're in the territory of using drakes, hens and roosters), the sentence should be No, the bitch isn't barking.


Strange, on my question everything is female, but on the discussion here it is back to male.


Thanks for your help Ninon.de.Lenclos


While "I'm loathe to bring this up, mind you," is the bad word we use in English for nasty woman the same in Hebrew, i.e. כלבה? As breeders still commonly use this word -- and i assume the general population misappropriated this word at some point in history by observing protective mom dogs -- and must endure rolling eyes when interfacing with the non-breeder world-at-large, it would be interesting to know if this characterizing use of the amazing female, mama dog somehow did not creep into foul use in other cultures.


10 points and a mocha chip brownie for anyone who can identify my quote.


Easy. Jody Stowell


I got this question as multiple choice. I selected לא, הכלב לא נובח. I got it wrong. Correct answer was stated as לא, הכלבה לא נובחת. Now on this sentence discussion the correct answer is לא, הכלב לא נובח, same as I selected. It seems there are two correct answers for this question. Reported Feb 1/21.


I don`t understand so big mistake here!! The word dog is neutral, neither masculine neither feminine, why the masculine answer is not accepted!!! You have to fix it!


All nouns in Hebrew are either feminine or masculine, and it often has nothing to do with the object’s being male or female. Table ‏שולחן shulkhan for example is masculine though there is nothing intrinsically masculine about a table.

The word dog in Hebrew is kelev (masc.) or kalba ( fem). Here, the word is kelev, masculine, and you know that because of the word itself and a masc. verb it takes.

Masculine form in this sentence is the only form which Duolingo accepts.


How do you know when to use femine, thats where i get confused


Most sentences allow both genders, including this one.

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