"Who are we helping?"

Translation:למי אנחנו עוזרים?

July 12, 2016

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Why not " את מי אנחנו עוזרים?" because it seems that "who" is an object as in "we are helping whom?"


Indeed; I would like to see an answer.


Objects can be direct or indirect. In English it is hard to tell one from the other unless the verb has both. In the given sentence "who" is an indirect object because the verb is 'to help'. It is similar to "give", "tell", "offer" and "send" in that their animate objects are always indirect.


Ah, right. I forgot that it's intransitive here.

Thank you.


Is אנו a shorter form of "we"?


Yes, shorter and a bit archaic or poetic, not in daily use in either speaking or writing, it sounds melodramatic.


Does למי mean "who" , "to whom" ,and "for whom" ?


I do not see what 'Le' adds. It seems you could have just מי אנחנו עוזרים


When we help someone, we offer/give help TO that person (those people). Hence LE.


Thanks for the explanation of the use of the lamed. Yes, אני עוזר לו. But I think people say את מי אני עוזר.


le-mí anáchnu ozrím?


Correct English would actually be "WHOM are we helping?" since who can only be the subject of a verb - that is why in Hebrew you likewise need to add ל before מי ("we" is the subject of "are helping" rather than "who" or מי)


“Whom” is very formal; it is no longer used in conversational English, especially in questions. Using “who” instead is pretty standard these days.


Just because conversational English is using "who" in sentences like these does not make it grammatically correct.


Is אנו even necessary here? If you left that out but otherwise had the other two words, isn't the meaning exactly the same?


Not necessarily - 'OZRIM" stands for "[are] helping", so it will not be clear who is helping - we, you or they. Thus you cannot omit ANACHNU


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