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KristinkaSaturday 02nd of October 2004 08:04:32 PM
Hebrew Basics - Singular and Plural - Singular and Plural
Our Hebrew gets a little more complicated here. We have to be able to use our nouns both in singular and plural.

singular= yachid
plural= rabim
masculine= zachar
feminine= n'keva

*There are exceptions to the following rules but most of the nouns follow it.

If a word ends with a "kametz hay," that means that it is feminine. It has an "a" sound in the end. To make it plural, we need to take away that "a" and add an "ot".

For example:
Doda (aunt)---->this ends with a "kametz hay" so to make it plural, we remove the "a" and add an "ot" in the end. It becomes Dodot (aunts).

Bracha (blessing)----> this ends with a "kametz hay" so to make it plural, we remove the "a" and add an "ot" in the end. It becomes Brachot (blessings).


If a word does not end with "kametz hay," then it is masculine. To make it plural, we add "im" at the end of the word.

For example:
Sefer (book)----> we add an "im" in the end and it becomes S'farim (books).

Chamor (donkey)----> we add an "im" in the end and it becomes Chamorim (donkeys).




Practice: Make these words plural.
(They may sound a little different, but the more you hear and use these words, the more natural they will become to you.)

Soos (horse) = _________
Tapuach (apple) = __________
Yad (hand) = _________
Chebika (a hug)=_______