So Hebrew uses the same word for 'a second' which is a unit of time and 'the second' which is an ordinal number. It's the same thing in English! Is it a coincidence?
It's not a coincidence, it's a translation, but probably not from English; the Hebrew Academy site says it's from Latin secunda (also, it's the same with minute - דקה).
There's logic to it: a minute is the first division of an hour, a second is the second division of an hour.
What is the difference in Hebrew between "the cat runs to me" and "the cat runs up to me"? In English, there is very little if any difference. Certainly not enough to be marked wrong for the latter, unless the difference is in Hebrew. Many thanks for your time.
Why is my answer wrong I wrote "The cat runs to me in a second" should I have reported it?
Probably you should have reported it. I'm inclined to think it doesn't make that much difference. However, it may depend on whether it means "the cat took only one second to run to me" or "it took the cat only one second to begin to run to me" - it could have taken the cat longer, but it began to respond immediately. I think it would take a native Hebrew speaker to figure this out, to distinguish which one works better, or that both work equally well.
Any takers? Many thanks in advance.