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"הם מאזינים להם."

Translation:They are listening to them.

August 28, 2016



What's the difference between this word and מקשיב?


It has the same meaning, it's just more literary or formal.


but is it the same verb but with a particular form ? or is it just another one with the same meaning ?


No audio for me.


how do you pronounce this sentence in hebrew


הֵם מַאֲזִינִים לָהֶם. hem ma'azinim lahem.


מקשיב, מאזין, שומע... How many verbs mean to listen, and what's the difference between them


to hear - לשמוע to listen - להקשיב to listen (formal) - לאזין


להאזין to listen (music, radio), להקשיב to listen, to pay attention


Fantastic help! Thumbs up :)


why is ' they listen to them" marked incorrect by duolingo?


Ha! For once the word I'm more familiar with is the less formal one. Usually it's the opposite


Many הפעיל verbs are causative. I'm still trying to understand causative verbs. Is מאזין causative? If so, can someone tell me in what way?


The word "ear" is אוזן which also comes from the same root. If you are familiar with the Bible, often times the verb will be translated as "give ear". So, in a way, when you speak, you are "causing the other person to use his ears", or in other words to listen. Maybe the explanation is not perfect, but that is how I remember it.


Interesting. It's a helpful explanation and one that also reminds of the English expression 'to lend an ear'.

Poking around the internet, I found this small extract, which I've reworked for clarity's sake, to be helpful:

The הפעיל verbs are traditionally defined as the causative derivation of basic pa’al verbs: ברח means ‘fled' (lit. 'ran away') while its הפעיל cousin הבריח means ‘chased away’ (or ‘caused to run away’); אכל means ‘ate’ while its הפעיל cousin האכיל means ‘fed’ (or ‘caused to eat’); נכנס means ‘entered’ while its הפעיל cousin הכניס means ‘brought in’ (or ‘caused to enter’).

Here's the link to the academic paper in which I found the three examples: http://www.cogsci.ucsd.edu/~faucon/NILI/4.pdf

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