"You like water."
Translation:את אוהבת מים.
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@rich739... Actually for myself too, I am not familiar with this word and also just noticed it. I want to know how to pronounce it too... I will try to find out for you unless someone else answers you sooner. That is somewhat doubtful looking at how long ago many of these contributors shared. 1 to 4 years ago. I will ask my Israeli friend.
This verb mekhabev = mekhabevet = it is used to express (to like someone) and/or to feel affection towards someone. Of course you can use this verb mekhabev when you talk to someone and you want to clarify to someone ("listen I only like you... I don't love you) ... for example phonetically: ani lo ohev otakh ani mekhabev otakh The verb "love" - ohev / ohevet which is what this lesson is using means to love to keep it simple.
Regarding the reference to nouns, its fine to use ohev. I don't have an answer for the use of the other hebrew word "to like" referring to a nouns but for sure "ohev" is appropriate either way.
I (man) = מחבב
I(woman) = מחבבת
We (Men & Women ) = מחבבים
We (Women) = מחבבות
Maybe I am spelling the "we" forms incorrectly... Every Verb in Hebrew has only 4 conjugation forms in the Present. The Future and the Past are different.
This may not answer your question specifically. Other native speakers that visit this forum may be able to add more detail. My Israeli friend is a professional teacher and I don't want to take advantage of her time. She has been very helpful to me many times over the years. That was an inspiring question you asked. I learned a new word and it made more sense of the regular uses of the word endings "hev/hevet/ hevim/ hevot....
If Im at a beginner level, and have zero knowledge of letters, what would be the best and effective way to start learning Hebrew? Duolingo hasn't been effective for me at all as it goes straight into full words and sentences, without providing any background and/or context behind what each of those letters mean, and how to pronounce them
I learned the aleph-bet by learning to sing Debbie Friedman's Aleph-Bet Song. It's one of my two favorites, and I think the second easiest. youtube.com/watch?v=UiCzoTs1AdE Then, I learned how to write the letters and vowels using "Reading Hebrew, Sefardi, A programed Instruction Book". If you're interested, just google it. I also highly recommend doing the memrise Hebrew-aleph-bet-print/ course by Mazzorano, who is a contributor to this Duolongo course. Then, as you do this course, also do his memrise course that pronounces all the words in this Duolingo course. I tried to give you a link directly to the courses, but the links did not work. Just go to memrise.com click on "Courses, Languages, Middle Eastern, Hebrew" and look for Mazorrano's classes.
I believe אהבה is equivalent to the abstract noun love. E.g: As in the sentence: "Send them my love."
While אוהב is the verb in the present tense singular masculine. E.g: As in the sentence "I love my husband."
I used these references: https://grammar.yourdictionary.com/parts-of-speech/nouns/abstract-nouns.html and https://www.pealim.com/dict/67-leehov/
If you translate from English to Hebrew, either you are supposed to know by context if it is a male or female or Dou is supposed to accept both. English does not have masculine and feminine form, hence you could ask the same question with English an Franch. English and any other language with gender al forms.
@Theresa754.... I cannot find your most recent comment to @hector it was a very intelligent contribution. You were absolutely correct. Why did you delete it? Maybe not hector but people should see what you wrote. It's true everything you said. That comment may help at least one person learn how to focus and figure out how to navigate in these forums.
אוהבת ohevet is feminine singular I like. A girl or woman says this for what she likes or loves. Also, anyone can say to a female “At ohevet?” Do you like? Or about a female “Hi ohevet” היא אוהבת She likes. It means likes or loves depending on context.
Masculine singular אוהב ohev is what a boy or man says about what he likes or loves. Also, anyone can say to a male “Ata ohev?” Do you like? Or about a male “He likes”. Hu ohev. הוא אוהב.
Not always. ת is one of the endings, ה being the other one. You will come across such an example in this skill, as well - בא is the masculine and באה the feminine form of the verb "to come". You will just have to memorize for each of the verbs how they form the feminine form - either ת or ה.
That's already asked & answered a few times. I realize that this page has many posts to look through to see if your question has been addressed, but every repetition just makes the page longer; also, there are other posts worth reading. Here's one for you
I don't think there is a good answer to this question. That is just how it is. In every language there are things that we find difficult to understand or explain.
As you go further down the tree, you will see that numbers behave in the same way. ה ending is attached to the masculine numbers, just like אתה is masculine.