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"Is a spider an insect?"

Translation:עכביש זה חרק?

September 10, 2016



is the spider "this/that?" an insect ? does זה have a meaning other than this/that ?


Yes, it's a copula. It takes the function of the "is" in this sentence, although it is not a verb. It's like the "=" sign, spider = insect.


So, should the meaning of the sentence be " A spider, is it an insect ? " ? Is this a better translation than the one provided or are both exactly the same translations ?


I wouldn't say that. In Hebrew the order of words in a sentence doesn't change to form a yes/no question.

עכביש זה חרק.

עכביש זה חרק?


But won't one instead say

עכביש הוא חרק.

In a normal sentence, not a question?


do you have to use the word זה here? Would this sentence be correct "האם עכביש חרק" ?


A copula is necessary here, in my opinion, as with most sentences that fit the pattern <noun> is <noun>.


I don't know why your question appeared in my notifications since it's not directed to me.

However, Good question.


I don't understand the זה here. If it's a copula, shouldn't it be הוא "spider, he is insect?" but זה implies the sentence is "spider this insect". I'm obviously missing something!


ll זה/זאת/אלה can be used in similar cases to הוא/היא/הם/הן. Both עכביש הוא חרק and עכביש זה חרק are good.


It doesn't say that you have to write '' זה'' does it?


You have to write either זה or הוא as a copula.


Isn't האם used to ask questions too?


It is literally saying... "A spider is an insect"? We have and still do ask questions this way in English. It's more common in other languages. Unless I learn it this way, directly as written, I can't remember how to form the sentence correctly in Hebrew. This helps me to hear the formation of Hebrew thinking...


The voice pronounces חרק as kharák, but the Wiktionary only gives khérek; finally, Forvo gives both. Does this mean that both pronunciations are acceptable?
If so, is one more common than the other, or is it regional, or a matter of language register?

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