"Are you buying eight shoes?"

Translation:אתה קונה שמונה נעליים?

June 30, 2016

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atah koneh shmoneh na'aláim


את קונה with a segol is not correct! It should be a kamatz-hey to be נקבה!


Yes! I had a "mark all correct translations" and did not mark "...את קונֶה" specifically because of the segol and it told me that I should have picked it.


naalaim is masculine or femenine?.If masculin shouldn't it be shmonah?


It's feminine.


What's the deal with plurals of things that come in pairs and get the יים plural ending, like shoes and socks? Could this also be translated as 'eight pairs of shoes', or is there a different word for that? If I said שמונה נעלים to stress that I meant eight individual shoes as opposed to eight pairs, would that be incorrect?


There is no difference between נעליים and נעלים, they are just different variations on the norm of spelling when there is no nikkud. שמונה נעליים is understood as eight individual shoes. For eight pairs, use שמונה זוגות נעליים. The word נעליים in itself can mean any number of shoes, or a pair of shoes, according to context.


No, unfortunately there is no different word for single shoes in plural, so people assume that when you say נעליים you are talking about a pair and not two individual shoes. Although, if you want to be unambiguous just say "זוגות נעליים" and then people will definitely know that you are talking about a pair of shoes.

Normally though people talk about shoes as in pairs, so it's not a problem.


Would this sentence in the Hebrew refer to six PAIRS of shoes, or six shoes (meaning three pairs)?


You mean eight, not six! It says eight individual shoes. For pairs of shoes it would say זוגות נעליים


That's indeed the proper Hebrew. Then again, counting single shoes in the context of buying is so improbable, that I suspect that this sentence is more likely to be said, improperly, about buying eight pairs.


if נעליים is masculine, why not shmona .


Shoes are feminine.


would אתה קונה נעליים שמונה be correct, placing emphasis on the shoes. "I am buying eight shoes" (not anything else) ?


I don't think so. Numbers always come before the noun. Number one is the exception, which comes after the noun.

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