[b-hebrew] prepositions and grammar

Read, James C K0434995 at kingston.ac.uk
Tue Oct 4 18:01:41 EDT 2005


In Spanish the direct object always takes the preposition 'a'.

e.g. Spanish literally reads 'I saw to Maria'

What do you suggest Vadim? Should I translate the 'to' literally or 
rather just translate the sense of the sentence?

-----Original Message-----
From: b-hebrew-bounces at lists.ibiblio.org on behalf of Vadim Cherny
Sent: Tue 10/4/2005 7:35 PM
To: Dr. Joel M. Hoffman; b-hebrew at lists.ibiblio.org
Subject: Re: [b-hebrew] prepositions and grammar
 
So you suggest to ignore prepositions when convenient? Next, shall we ignore 
verbs?

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.
>
> With wishes for a healthy and happy 5766,
>
> -Joel Hoffman
> http://www.exc.com/JoelHoffman
>
> 

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