"אני לא מוצא את האוכל שלי."
Translation:I can't find my food.
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Yes, that's something we'd say while actively—or still in the process of—searching. The contracted form should be accepted too: "I'm not finding my food".
This would be a more common problem for some people who habitually misplace their glasses, keys, and phones. It's not like I would know anyone like that. I'll refrain from naming names to protect the guilty! :-)
I'm not a native English speaker, but I will carefully give my opinion here, that in this case the idiosyncrasy is in English. "I can't find my so-and-so" actually means I don't find, or I am not succeeding in finding it. But idiomatically, English speakers use "I can't find", and Hebrew speakers use אני לא מוצא/ת to mean the same thing.
Hi, amerlad. I'd agree that it sounds weird without a relevant context. But even if the imperfective, negative expression is not the most frequent, central ("protoptypical") use of the verb find in many situations, that doesn't mean English speakers never use it.
Try an internet search for "I'm not finding". That should provide examples of it being used in a variety of situations, including present (ongoing) situations, habitual situations, and both concrete and abstract uses (e.g., not finding someone or something to have a specified property/characteristic/attribute). Some of these situations aren't so uncommon, especially if you know people who are always losing and looking for things!
(By the way, I didn't downvote the comment. Some might be doing so because it makes an inaccurate overgeneralization, although one that's easy to make. )
A couple of things to note: (1.) the modal "can/can't" in biblical Hebrew is often done with the imperfect (yiktol). The sentence here with "can't" is really about the various ways English can do this sentence, not really about the Hebrew. The Hebrew does not have ykl. (2) Hebrew is backwards in the sentence on this page for me. The sentence on the screen for me is: שלי האוכל את מוצה לא אני. This has been happening a lot. I don't always report it.