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"Seventeen rabbits are more than ten rabbits."

Translation:שבעה עשר ארנבים הם יותר מעשרה ארנבים.

August 28, 2016



Why is the copula "הם" needed here?


I have the same question.


It makes the sentence structure clearer. If you just said " שבעה עשר ארנבים יותר מ-10 ארנבים" it might be confusing, are you saying 17 more than 10, so a total of 27 rabbits? And if so, what about them? Using הם just signposts the fact that you are identifying 17 rabbits as being more than ten rabbits and that the sentence doesn't have a further predicate about all those rabbits together. I think.... Any native Hebrew speaker please correct if this is inaccurate


This is one of the rare occasions where the verb 'are' needs to be explicit in Hebrew. Without it, the sentence seems not to have a verb.


I am native english and NEVER heard of a "copula". Wow!


sheevah asar arnavim hem yoter m-asarah arnavim


Shouldn't feminine version ארנבות be acceptable as well? (together with corresponding feminine forms?)


שבע עשרה ארנבות הן יותר מעשר ארנבות. I tried this sentence but it wasn't accepted.


Me too... What gives?


Can someone please explain to me why the masculine 17 is used for the first rabbits, but the feminine ten for the second set of rabbit?


They're both masculine. In the numbers from one to ten, most of the masculine numbers end with a "hay" and an ah sound. Then in the teens, the masculine ones have that ah sound on the number part, and are followed by asar (no ah sound). The feminine teens have their normal sound for the first half, followed by esre (which does end in "hay"). If you go to Wikipedia "Hebrew Numbers" you can see a chart which shows this.


Exactly my question!


שבע עשרה ארנבות הן יותר עשר ארנבות isn't accepted


Don't forget the מ in the word מעשר


why הם and not זה ?


Because it's more than one rabbit, you use the plural הם.


שבעה עשר ארנבים הם יותר מעשרה ארנבים.


If its masculine, then why is ten rabbits not also עשר?


The numbers in Hebrew are strange and a bit complicated. With masculine nouns they take what SOUND like the "feminine" forms of regular adjectives, and vice versa, and then for numbers above ten it's -asar (m) and -esreh (f). Please don't look for logic, it's just something we have to learn. Ringcyle explained this a year ago in this very discussion page.

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