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"שני שבועות."

Translation:Two weeks.

June 30, 2016



From the lessons tips and notes: "Note that it is unnatural to say, for example, שתי שנים. You should always use the dual form, if one exists." Then shouldn't this be שבועיים ? I put "Both weeks" because of this and it was incorrect.


You are right that "שבועיים" sounds more natural, but they both mean the same thing.

"Both weeks" would be "שני השבועות"


I reported this as unnatural. Not because it's wrong, but because they wrote it in the tips & notes


I noticed a lot of people talk about those "Notes and tips". Where can I find them?


Click on a chapter icon, scroll down the page and you'll find them below the exercises.


They're not on the app, they can only be accessed on the desktop version unfortunately.


You can access them on Android by using a browser, such as Chrome, instead of the app.


Also on the android version?


It should be pronounced שָׁבוּעוֹת [shavuot] without vowel reduction.


You mean not shvu'ot? Cuz I heard the correct way


Prescriptivist dictionaries prescribe שָׁבוּעוֹת according to the tanakh (f. ex. שְׁלֹשָׁ֥ה שָׁבֻעִ֖ים יָמִֽים Dan 10,2) and reduce the vowel only in the Dual (שְׁבוּעַ֫יִם) and the constructs (שְׁבוּעַ־ שְׁבוּעוֹת־). Of course colloquial usage might not follow this.


This is not a snarky question--I have the greatest respect for you---do you have a PhD in grammar? Where do you get your vast knowledge?


Surprisingly, colloquial Hebrew does match the prescription in this case... Almost. I think I sometimes hear שְׁבוּעוֹת not in construct, but I'm quite sure it's less common than שָׁבוּעוֹת.


so this form of two is a dual ? Sorry I'm a little lost about ordinal and cardinal numbers


It's actually depends on the vowel.

This is shnAY (like ray)

The ordinal is sheni (like penny)


The Tips section told us to use the dual form if a dual form exists, so this should be shvu’ayim. However for some strange reason, here Duolingo gives the plural form, shavu’ot instead of the dual form shvu’ayim for “two weeks”.

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