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"Spring is coming tomorrow."

Translation:האביב מגיע מחר.

September 16, 2016



Does האביב בא מחר also work?


That's what I entered, and it was incorrect


It's still marked wrong as of July 8, 2019


Same in April 2020


Beside מַגִּעַ, the verb בָּא should also be accepted.


האביב בא מחר Why does it wrong?


It is correct too. It is only not fed into Duolingo here.


Why is there a ה before אביב? Spring is the name of a season. I thought we didn't put articles before names.


Well, I think English is here the odd man out. In Hebrew אָבִיב is, like in other standard European languages like le printemps, der Frühling, foråret not a nomen proprium, but a normal noun. So if we say that spring comes in one of its manifestations, it is definite ("Der Frühling kommt"), Hebrew works the same.


אביב הגיע פסח בא


why doesn't באה work?


It would be בא since אביב is masculine, but for some reason, it's not in the system, as it can be seen from other comments, so it doesn't accept it, even though it correct.


wouldn't the translation be more accurate to say, "spring is arriving tomorrow"?


Well, spring has almost sprung, arriving tomorrow. The Hebrew poses no problem, הִיא מַגִּיעַ means exacly he arrives. By the way, I thought present progessive for a future event is used for something you have arranged: I'm meeting Tot at the train station = Tom and I have discussed this. I am leaving tomorrow. = I've already bought my train ticket. We're having a staff meeting next Tuesday = all members of staff have been told about it. So can you say this about a season too?


so far in my experience, yes, you can say that about a season. Part of that is because it is coming, there is no changing if a season will come or not, but also, a lot of times it's simply easier to use the present tense than to try and use the future. The Hebrew spoken on the streets usually uses past and present tenses, not so much the future tense.


if you are talking about the english sentences you write of, English can say "Spring comes tomorrow" or "Spring is coming tomorrow" or "Spring will come tomorrow" or even "Spring will have come tomorrow" [this last sentence would imply that it has not yet come, but be tomorrow it will already have arrived (during the night?)]

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