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"החתול משיג אוכל כל בוקר."

Translation:The cat gets food every morning.

July 13, 2016



From the audio it sounds like “he-chatul”. But I thought “ha-chatul” would be the correct pronunciation. Should it be “he” or “ha”?


Strictly speaking it should indeed be hechatul, because ח is one of the so-called "throaty letters" (אותיות גרוניות) and their guttural nature often affects the vowels around them. (This is why "she opens" היא פותחת is not hi potechet but hi potachat, for example.) But in this case, I don't think all Israelis change the ha- to he- in ordinary conversational speech. Comments from native speakers welcome...


what is the difference between משיג and קיבל?


The word להשיג is more like "obtain" like you are doing the action of getting something. לקבל is more like "receive" someone else is doing something and you are receiving/getting something from them. It is confusing coming from English where we use "get" all the time.


Obtain and acquire should be acceptable translations, no? It is FAR more specific than "get", as we all know how versatile get is.


I feel the same, but I used "get" in my first attempt


Can this also mean "The cat is getting food all morning", or is there a different way of saying that? Duolingo doesn't accept it.


That would be:

החתול משיג אוכל כל הבוקר.


Getting can also mean that the cat recive (מקבל) his food, with no action on his side. משיג means that the cat doing some affort in getting his food


"Receive" didn't work.


Rrceive means מקבל, when you receive something, you get it for free. When you משיג/ה something you're doing an affort into it


Is it right to use present continuous in the English translation? Everyday suggests an habit, and I would think that the only correct way would be with present simple.


In Hebrew there is no differentiation between present simple and present continuous. There is only one present tense. So either is acceptable when translating to English, there may be some rare cases where by the context one or the other would not be acceptable, but in general it can be translated either way.

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