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"Why did you waste the time?"

Translation:למה בזבזת את הזמן?

August 7, 2016

5 Comments


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/IMB55

Wow. I included אתהin my answer and it wasn't accepted. Is that really wrong?


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

Not really wrong, but in the past tense the pronoun isn't used. You would use אתה if you were emphasising "Why did YOU waste the time?"


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Yosef989163

First- and second-person pronouns are usually omitted from the past tense.


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

Should we be teaching מדוע here? I used that word for the last time in the market once and got laughed at for it because it was so ancient.


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

It's rare in daily speech, but is still common in writing (newspapers, books, etc.) and in formal speech, so I think it should definitely be taught. Just with a warning. :-)

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