sigh* I'll eventually remember not to translate זה as "that" in sentences like this...
Two vavs are used often as to not make is a vowel. One vav can sound like o or u, usually.
The general rule is there are words that has silent letters to differentiate between another similar word.
They are both correct, but "ברווז" is a masculine noun so you would have to say: "ברווז הוא ציפור".
I tried that, but it pronounced it as incorrect, even though I keep seeing the word as drake in other exercises.
So, the literal translation is
A duck, this, a bird?
How come 'this' can be translated as a bird to be.
I am aware that
ברווז האו ציפור
makes sense, especially with my knowledge of arabic. But why זה can be the be the verb to be (is) is confusing to me. I would appreciate an explanation
The copula (‘is’) is left out. So think of it as ‘A duck: is it a bird?’.
I'm a native Hebrew speaker and a very amateur linguist, and I can't easily think of an explanation. It is a fact, though: זה seems to be capable of replacing הוא as a copula under some conditions (from a quick thought, the thing after it must be a noun or a pronoun or a noun phrase, but not an adjective; an adjective would still require "הוא"). I'll bet, though not confidently, that it didn't exist 100 years ago, and 60 years ago it would have been considered colloquial.
Well, my impression is, that using זה in purely declarative sentences like דְּבָרִים זֶה לֹא מַעַשִׂים words are not deeds sound casual, but are quite established in higher style in definitions, i.e, when you specify that A is B, like here: What is the definition of a duck? Well, a duck is determined by being a bird!
I believe that would be
הציפור הזה ברווז?
Different word order, and also note the definite!
sigh* trying to type in two languages in a single post always screws up the formatting for me...
originally you write ברווז with only one vav, so you shouldn't mark it as a typo. Unless you dont accept כתיב חסר. in this case you can't accept כל it has to be כול
Why is it not correct to say " A dark is a bird?" A dark is a mal and a duck is a female animal