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"Who do they have this from?"

Translation:ממי יש להם את זה?

August 4, 2016



"Who do they have this from?" What does that mean? Is it the same as 'who did they get it from'?


This sentence does not make any sense in english. What is doulingo trying to say?


It seems to me that the English is a clumsy way to say "who did they get it from", and it's a good Hebrew-English translation, because the Hebrew is a clumsy way to say "ממי הם קיבלו את זה".


So I feel like transliterated this is, "From whom there is to them this?" What a headache @_@


Why is את needed before זה when this isn't the actual direct object of the sentence? Since this sentence is structured more like "From whom there is this to them?" the word "this" is actually the subject of the sentence, right?


Right. את does not belong. I think people are getting confused because in English, "he has" HE is the subject, but in Hebrew, we say "it is to him" and IT is the subject. את should not be used before a subject.


That's not correct. In modern Hebrew את has to be used in יש/אין sentences.

There's some debate about its grammatical correctness in academic circles (see also the Wikipedia article), but the bottom line is that it would be almost incomprehensible to say "ממי יש להם זה" without את.


Oh okay, thank you for clarifying this! It sounds like it might be kind of a "this is him" situation, like how "this is he" is traditionally correct but "this is him" is the only natural way to say it in modern times.


Perhaps I should understand it as: Where do they get it from?


Why isn't ממי יש להן את זאת accepted?


In modern Hebrew, זה is used to refer to something general, הדבר הזה. We can't use זאת in the same way, it needs a specific female noun, המכונית הזאת, המחברת הזאת.


Please explain the difference between לכם/ להן. Thanks


Both are inflections of ...ל. https://en.wiktionary.org/wiki/%D7%9C%D6%BE#Inflection_2

In short, לכם is for second person (you) plural masculine, להן is for third person plural (they) feminine.


I understand the words, not the sentence order... Can anyone help me?


ll ממי = מ-+מי, i.e. "from who"

ll יש להם = they have

ll זה = this

The את is added before definite direct objects. As said above - even though there isn't a verb here - it's still being used with יש.


Who do they have this from?

Nobody really would speak like that! I skipped, I think Duolingo days are ending for me because the sentences are very poot.

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