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"The box is closed."

Translation:הקופסה סגורה.

July 30, 2016

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https://www.duolingo.com/profile/LinguaphileMD

Why is קופסא correct as well? Seems weird that you can just change a letter and it still be the same word.


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Walrosse

There are some words that originate from Aramaic in which they used to end with an aleph (א'). Some examples: דוגמא, גרסא, טבלא, אסמכתא, משכנתא.

The Hebrew academy decided that the correct ending is ה' (except for a few exceptions) but some people are used to the old spelling and many still spell it like that, so I guess that's why both are accepted.


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/LinguaphileMD

I see. Thanks for the explanation!

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