Hebrew Time #14: Comparative and Superlative
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Our topic for today is Comparative and Superlative!
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We use the comparative(ערך היתרון) in order to compare two things that are unequal. i.e. “I am better than him” , “It is more beautiful than mine”.
In Hebrew the comparative is very simple: we just use the word : “יוֹתֵר”(yoter) - meaning “more”.
Let’s have an example:
חָכָם יוֹתֵר (Yoter) - smarter (literally “more smart”).
מָהִיר יוֹתֵר (Yoter) - faster (literally “more fast”).
If we want to refer to the other part of the comparing - we’ll say “יוֹתֵר מ…” (Yoter me…) - meaning “more than”.
יפה יוֹתֵר מִמֶּנּוּ(yoter memeno) - more beautiful than him.
In Hebrew we use the word “פָּחוֹת” -”less” to compare things unfavourably i.e “less beautiful than you”
We use the superlative(ערך ההפלגה) in order to note that something is the best. i.e. “the most beautiful” , “the biggest”, “the smartest”.
In Hebrew we use the word “הֲכִי” - “the most”.
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