"There is no such thing as no such thing."
Translation:אין דבר כזה אין דבר כזה.
I don't quite understand the Hebrew translation. I gather that דבר כזה translates to "such thing". But it seems the "as" is not translated.
In this kind of sentence in Hebrew you don't write the "as"
(actually it is already in the word KAZE -
כ is כמו
כמו = as )
For example: "There's no such thing as vampires" = אין דבר כזה ערפדים
Also why not either of these?
אין דבר כמו ערפדים
אין דבר כערפדים
The זה just doesn't make sense to me being there at all.
This sentence is so idiomatic in English, and this sounds like such a literal translation. Is this something one would actually say in Hebrew?
This sentence is a bit obscure.
It’s a reference to an old saying: בְּאָמָּנוּת כְּמוֹ בְאָמָּנוּת – אֵין דָּבָר כַּזֶּה שֶׁאֵין דָּבָר כַּזֶּה (be’omanút kmo be’omanút—en davár kazé she’en davár kazé ‘In art as in art—there’s no such thing as no such thing’), i.e. ‘in art, anything is possible’.
In that saying there's a שאין instead of just אין - why would that be omitted here? Useful explanation though.
I'm not a native English speaker, can somebody help me? What does this sentence mean?
There is no such thing as no such thing = Everything exists. Probably not intended to literally apply to the whole universe though. More likely a response to somebody saying something like "There is no such thing as people getting mugged in broad daylight." if you want to let them know that if it can be done, there are people out there who decided to do it, and they shouldn't be so sure everybody is as socially conscious as they are, for example.
Would a literal translation be something like "There is no thing like this: there is no thing like this."? It feels like they use a ":" without writing it.
Why is this sentence, אין דבר כזה אין דבר כזה , in the section on Piel verbs (present 2)?
To those who dont understand what this means in english it sounds like something a child would say to comfort themselves if they are scared. For example the kid is scared of monsters under his bed and when the lights are off he says "theres no such thing" so he would logically have nothing to fear.