"Where is the dog coming from?"

Translation:מאיפה בא הכלב?

July 31, 2016

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What is מהיכן?


The word היכן means "where", it's a synonym of איפה, a bit more formal. מהיכן = from where.


What is מאין?


The word "מאין" (me'ayin) is a formal way to say "מאיפה", it comes from the biblical word "אין" (pronounced ayin) which means "where". It is not really used in spoken Hebrew nowadays.


I was of the persuasion that אין meant "There is not".


That's pronounced 'ayin' - with a long a (as in, 'hey, where's the dog coming from?'). The biblical word for where is 'ayin' with a short a that sounds like an o (as in octopus).


I would like to add that most people pronounce the אין that means none as 'en' and not 'ayin'


Is there a preferred word order? Both "מאיפה הכלב בא" and "מאיפה בא הכלב" are accepted answers, but which one is a native speaker more likely to say?


Both are very natural, maybe with a slight advantage to "מאיפה הכלב בא".


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Do i find them only in the bought version ?



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me-eifo ba ha-kélev?


How to pronounce היכן, please?


I thought אין meant "there isn't any"


It has two meanings. The most common one - by far - is, as you said, "there is no". The less common and the one used here is "where". In this particular case it has to be "where" because you cannot add the preposition -מ to "אין" (=there is no), only to "where".

Also, the pronunciation of the two words is different in modern Hebrew: you'd usually pronounce "there is no" as "en" and "where" as "ayin".


Is there any nuanced difference/preference between these two phrasings?: מאיפה הכלב בא? מאיפה בא הכלב?


radagastthebrown answered above, and I agree: both are very natural, מאיפה הכלב בא maybe a tiny bit more.

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