"When is the metro train arriving?"

Translation:מתי מגיעה הרכבת התחתית?

September 8, 2016

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Probably stupid question but why the ה on הרכבת and התחתית? I thought in construct state the definite article was only on the second noun. I'm obviously missing something.


It's not a construct state though, since תחתית is an adjective.


why isn't את required here? מתי מגיעה את הרכבת התחתית


In this sentence, הרכבת is the subject of the sentence, not the direct object.


My knowledge of grammar is pathetic: How do you determine what's the subject of a sentence and what is the object?


Roughly, the subject is the thing that is taking an action, and the object is the thing that is acted upon


Thanks, that helps. Though, by the time I've figured out who's who, the train will have left the station, the station closed and the track dug up. The conversation will be long gone too.


Matai magi’a ha-rakevet ha-takhtit?



מתי רכבת הקלה מגיעה

is this only true in Jerusalem?

are you angry at it because you're in tel aviv and you're jealous of the light rail?



According to Wikipedia these are two different types of trains - one is light rail and the other heavy rail -



PS, the Tel Aviv future mass transit system would also be light rail, not metro, as far as I know.


Do I understand correctly that הרכבת התחתית, literally the train underneath, refers only to a heavy rail train? And that by "metro" you mean heavy rail?

FWIW, in the USA we don't really distinguish between light and heavy rail, especially since many transit systems have elements of both. The terms "subway", "metro", and (insert the name of your local system here) are used interchangeably to mean the entire urban rail system. For instance, in Boston the Green Line uses light rail cars and runs above ground along streets for most of its length, and is an integral part of the "T". Los Angeles' Metro Rail system consists of four light rail lines and two heavy rail (aka rapid transit) lines. I would unhesitatingly refer to all of the vehicles in these networks as "subway trains" or "metro trains".

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