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"אחד עשר גברים או עשרה גברים?"

Translation:Eleven men or ten men?

August 18, 2016



So eleven is read 'achad asar' and not 'echad asar' like it is written in tips and notes?


Just fixed it, thanks for pointing it out :)


Should be achad (because for some reason it's a construct state).


Either way it's a minyan


why is the "asara"-part different in ten and eleven? both refer to men which is masculine. why dont both get the male version asara?


It’s just the way the language evolved. Like how in English we don’t say ten and fourten, we say ten and fourteen.

Ten: eser, asara
Eleven: akhat esre, akhad asar


Do you normally repeat the subject in Hebrew? Like, ten men and fourteen men. Instead of ten and fourteen men. (Bad example. Another would be, in Hebrew: He wants ice cream after lunch, she wants ice cream after dinner. In English, you wouldn't have to repeat "ice cream." You might say, "they both want ice cream, but he wants it after lunch, her choice is after dinner."


I don’t think your second example is actually so relevant to what you’re asking. But absolutely, of course you can replace a noun that has already been mentioned with “it”.

For this particular sentence: you’d just say עשרה without repeating גברים. It’s just left in here to make it less confusing for learners.



In portuguese: 10- DEZ 15- quinze 16- DEZesseis

Italian: 10- Dieci 16- Sedici 17- DICIassette

English: 10- Ten 12- Twelve 13- ThirTEeN

French: 10: dix 16: seize 17: DIX-sept


Romance languages in the distant past had Base 15 counting. English had Base 12. Unique numbers ends after the base number.


What and where is "tips and notes"


Do Duolingo via your web browser, not your phone. Obnoxiously, they don't have the tips and noted on the app.


Why is it feminine ten men, but masculine eleven?


It's all masculine. Check out the tips and notes for explanations.

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