"I am sending it to you."
Translation:אני שולח לךָ.
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Actually it's very simple: Duolingo is wrong in this case. The correct answer should be one of the following:
אני שולח לך אותו - The word "אותו" represents a masculine object (like "מחשב")
אני שולח לך אותה - The word "אותה" represents a feminine object (like "חבילה")
אני שולח לך את זה - The word "זה" represents a general object, masculine or feminine (תפוח, סלסלה, סט כלים, etc.)
ll את זה
is the thing under discussion, but is ellipted as
אני שולח (את זה) לך I am sending it to you.
If stated explicitly, it would take word-order precedence as known information, by way of reinforcing an ongoing mental representation.
Here לך is, in any case, the only relevant new information.
It isn't that hard to code in:
אני [שולח.שולחת] [לך.לכם.לכן] [את זה. זאת. ]
Unfortunately, the moderators who created this course (and presumably have been working on questions of large-scale design) have too much on their plates to handle this sort of thing themselves, and are unwilling to accept additional people on the team. This means that sentence-by-sentence improvements to the site happen only gradually, often with a lag of several years between a problem being reported and it being corrected. :-( Things are improving, mind you, but the pace is glacial.
You raise a good point, RuthZ1. And since DL is a free platform, it might be asking too much to have so many possibilities. However, my experience with DL Greek is that the moderators are constantly making adjustments to allow for multiple possibilities. I'm not saying DL Hebrew does not do something similar, but just that DL Gk seems vigilant and responsive to this sort of matter at a very high level.
It's interesting that Hebrew can have "it" implied here. It explains why some people learning English omit "it" in this sort of sentence: "I send to you." (There are probably other languages that can omit "it" too.) English requires "it," so the English translation is correct. I assume that DL is deliberately putting this sentence in to let us know that Hebrew operates differently.
It's a great question. I hope a native Hebrew speaker replies. In looking at Muraoka's Modern Hebrew for Biblical Scholars (p. xxxv), he has a paragraph on "Expression of the object" in which he writes that "Where the direct object is a personal pronoun... the analytic structure with את predominates. Thus there is a marked preference to, say, שלחתי אותו." ("I sent him/it.") Regarding syntax, although the direct object commonly precedes the indirect object, objects with ל are more likely to precede the direct object than are objects with עם ,ב, etc., according to L. Glinert, Grammar of Modern Hebrew (Cambridge Univ. Press, 1989), 159. [UPDATE: See yoraplifej's response above.]
That's a good point. Although it's hard to tell if it commonly operates differently or what the specific rules are for when it needs to be included. I know in English it's difficult to me to understand/or to realise why some things are said a certain way... because while there are rules to things we inherently know (as native speakers) because we are so used to them - we generally have a harder time explaining them or noticing them. Especially "sometimes rules" when someone asks why and how to tell - if that makes sense. I think it's one of the more difficult aspects of learning a second language, especially as an adult. (Not sure if that response made sense).
As an example, someone who is a native Hebrew speaker asked me what prepositions do you use, when you are using an app, or a website, or on Duolingo... We say, I'm on the website, but in the app... But not always... "are you using the app?" I'm on it now. "What skill are you doing?" I'm on the section about numbers, etc.
Still do not understand the "it" which is not translated. How will you translate the sentence where instead of "it" there were him or her? BTW, my native language is Russian, which is very different from English and still the Hebrew translation without "it" looks weird in Rudsian too.
Bar749630. I'm glad Hebrew is your native language. The correct spelling for the word meaning (by my definition) "allowed" or "taken" (as in I accept your gift and therefore take if from you) is "a-c-c-e-p-t-e-d." (accepted) The word "except" means "other than" (or "besides"). Everyone except Martha will go to the party.
Apparently this is a word that even native English speakers get confused about a lot... I see this mistake more than any other except confusing 'their, they're and there' and "a lot". I wonder what native Hebrew speakers see as the most common mistakes they make? (I have seen kapara misspelt as "כפרע" instead of "כפרה". I had to ask if this was another word or an alternate spelling, but apparently it's just commonly misspelt!)
Rhonda, it’s possible that Bar74 was using the dictation feature instead of typing, because every time I use the dictation feature and say accepted, it gets typed out as excepted, so I have to go back and fix it.
If I say AX cepted, the spelling comes out as accepted.
I was recently marked with את זה as correct, and with the alternative without those words (and I've been replying without the extra words ever since). I'm betting that the native Hebrew speakers are trying to keep things short 'n sweet, like it was long ago; so the "it" is implied. I suspect that את זה is a recent innovation in general.
The technical answer to every "why wasn't this accepted" question is that it was never coded in. DL checks your answer against a list of accepted answers. If it isn't on the list, you are marked wrong, and the closest "correct" answer is suggested as an alternative.
So why isn't your answer on the list? Maybe it really is wrong. Or maybe they just haven't gotten around to adding it! DL Hebrew has a very severe shortage of accepted correct English translations. (I volunteered to help fix the problem and was brushed aside by the moderators. They don't seem to understand how bad the problem actually is.) Their list of Hebrew translations is somewhat better, but there are still plenty of sentences where correct Hebrew variants are rejected. Usually the best bet is to ask questions in the forums and hope that one of the many Very Helpful Native Hebrew Speakers who lurk on the site (but aren't actually moderators!) answer them. If they agree that your answer is correct, you can report the error, and in time it might get coded in.
My best guess (and I'm just a learner like you!) is that your answer is technically correct but awkward, and that writing לך את זה would be more natural. Hopefully one of the real experts can confirm or correct that.
The answer given at the top of the page is I am sending it to you. The problem is that there is no “it” in the Hebrew but there should be.
I am sending you cannot be the English translation because lekha or lakh (לך) means to you.
This seems to be a DL error, but Shilo, who is a native Hebrew speaker, says that this can be okay in conversation where that “it” is understood.