"התות והאפרסק קרובים לבננה."
Translation:The strawberry and peach are close to the banana.
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It's being a bit "clever". There are not enough articles to go around, so to answer the question correctly, we need to know where, in English, we can do without one. Hebrew speakers and teachers correct me, but I THINK that they are trying to teach us that, while in English, the one definite article carries over to all items in a list until another article is specified e.g. "The peach, strawberry, and rhubarb, some berries, grapes, and plums, a carrot, turnip, and potato, and the watermelons are mine." while an unbeautiful sentence, is precise: The only peach is mine. The only strawberry is mine. All the rhubarb is mine. Some of the grapes are mine. Some of the plums are mine. Some of the currants are mine. One carrot is mine. One turnip is mine. One potato is mine. All the watermelons are mine.
This question SEEMS to me to imply that if both the (only) peach and the (only) strawberry are both near the banana, then we must use ה for BOTH in Hebrew even though, in English, we don't have to and can therefore "save" one "the" for "the banana", where it is needed.
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So can I. Except it is its a guttural allophone and not the rolled "r". From what I have heard so far, there are at least two pronunciations for "r", one more or less like the Spanish "rr" or perhaps our "r",and one similar or comparable to the french "r". allophone: pronunciation or articulatory variant of one same phoneme or distinctive sound of a language.
It is there, and this is how it is properly pronounced. When people speak normally (in any language) phonemes often bleed into each other so it can be hard to hear each distinct one, but it's definitely there. This is the speed people speak at, so we need to get used it at some point.
In English, the following are possible, but they all mean different -- but not necessarily conflicting -- things:
"The strawberry and peach are near the banana."
In context, there is ONE instance where one strawberry and one peach are together near the banana. (There may be other strawberries and other peaches, but not together.)
"The strawberry and the peach are near the banana."
In context, there is ONE strawberry and ONE peach. They are both near the banana. There are no others.
"The strawberry and a peach "
In context, there is ONE strawberry and one or more peaches. The strawberry is near the banana and one peach is also near the banana. There may be other peaches, near or far, but we're not paying them any attention.
You need a definite article before the word "peach" because in English you cannot have an article over one item cover the two. The strawberry and the peach are near the banana. Good evening DUO.
It's pronounced "korvim". The resh ר/r is pronounced but it doesn't sound like the English "r", which is produced at the front of the mouth with pursed lips. It is pronounced at the back of the mouth, with open lips. It sounds similar to the French and Spanish r's in "Robert" and "Roberto".
I could hear the first two words clearly but not the last two. Is the recording garbled or is that how the Hebrew is supposed to sound? Update: I can hear the words clearly now. Either my ability to hear the sounds has gotten better or the recording has been improved. It was probably my ear!
You are missing a "the" on this the strawberry and the peach are near the banana. I got marked wrong for not putting it in but there were only two "the" s instead of three. This happens to me all the time n the hearts get taken away then I don't want to continue with DL. Can't hou fic this stuff.
I sympathize, which is why I came here from the lesson. Sometimes DL requires "the" in English because there was a "Ha" in Hebrew. In this case it is requiring to omit a "the". But don't leave Duolingo over this problem. Just chuckle to yourself and move on. Duolingo is free and gets us familiar with various languages, so it is a Good Thing, even if it has problems and even if it is not actively maintained.
Are you sure about that? The preposition אל doesn't show up this early in this course. And I haven't seen it used anywhere in the course with the adjective קרוב. Or was it another adjective you saw?
The general rule is that אל is used when talking about moving towards something or someone, so it could not work here, since the sentence talks about the location of fruit. So, if you have a noun, קרוב ל is the way to go. On the other hand, if you have a pronoun - אל would be used. For example הוא קרוב אליי means "he is close to me". It would not be correct to say הוא קרוב לי.