Verbs for wearing clothes in Hebrew

Hi! The tips section in "Clothes" says that in Hebrew there are separate words for wearing different pieces of clothing, like נעל for shoes or חבש for hats, but there is also a general verb for clothing - לבש. So I have two questions:

  1. Is לבש a generic word that can be used with any piece of clothing, e.g. אני לובש נעליים? Or are these specific words the only ones that can be used with certain pieces of clothing?

  2. Can the specific ones be used as intransitive verbs? As in אני נועל? Is it sufficient to say "I wear shoes" or do I always need a direct object?

Thanks in advance!

August 5, 2016

  1. "lavash" is not a generic word, you might be understood but this is not correct, therefore you cant say אני לובש נעליים or אני לובש כובע .
  2. you always need the direct object. without the direct object its not correct and in addition you can always wear boots for example. good question, if i was unclear you are more than invited to ask again (and correct spelling and grammar as well :P)
August 5, 2016

Thanks, that's all the information I needed!

August 5, 2016
  1. Using לבש for any piece of clothing isn't correct. However it's actually a common mistake I personally hear from other fluent Hebrew speakers, so some may correct you and some may not. In my opinion learn it the right way and use the correct words for each piece of clothing.

  2. Words like חבש, נעל can't be used as intransitive verbs when trying to describe what you're doing and you will need the direct object. So for example, if someone asks you what are planning to wear tonight you will need to say "אני נועל נעליים" and not just "אני נועל". BUT if for example someone asks you "Are you wearing those shoes tonight?" you can just say "כן, אני נועל" (yes, I am wearing) since the direct object was already implied by the question.

Hope it helps :)

August 5, 2016

Thanks that's all I needed! :>

August 5, 2016
Learn Hebrew in just 5 minutes a day. For free.