[b-hebrew] prepositions and grammar

Dave Washburn dwashbur at nyx.net
Tue Oct 4 16:40:34 EDT 2005


On Tue, 4 Oct 2005 21:35:09 +0300 "Vadim Cherny" <VadimCherny at mail.ru>
>
> writes:
> > So you suggest to ignore prepositions when convenient? Next, shall we
> > ignore
> > verbs?

Are you for real?

> >
> > Vadim Cherny
> >
> > > >4) "became a living soul" ignores the preposition le, "became for
> >
> > a
> >
> > > >living soul."
> > >
> > > I'm joining this argument in the middle, but let me point out that
> >
> > the
> >
> > > preposition "L" here should not be translated "for."  Rather, the
> > > preposition is a consequence of Hebrew grammar.  In a language
> >
> > such as
> >
> > > English, in which the grammar does not require a preposition, the
> >
> > word
> >
> > > is best left untranslated.
> > >
> > > It is a common mistake to translate grammatical elements into
> >
> > semantic
> >
> > > ones, or vice versa.

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Dave Washburn
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