There Is/To Have is the sixth skill (assuming read left to right) in the Hebrew language tree. This skill teaches how to show possession using the expression "there is" in Hebrew and has three lessons.

Grammar NotesEdit

To HaveEdit

Hebrew does not have a verb for "having" something; instead, there is a construction using the words יש and אין ("there is" and "there isn't") and something called "dative pronouns" (no such thing exists in English - the closest thing English has is "to" something). The possible combinations are listed below:

English Hebrew English Hebrew
I have יש לי We have יש לנו
You have (sing. masc.) ָיש לך You have (plural masc.) יש לכם
You have (sing. fem.) ְיש לך You have (plural fem.) יש לכן
He has יש לו They have (masc.) יש להם
She has יש לה They have (fem.) יש להן

Word OrderEdit

Usually, the word order for sentences is subject-object-verb. However, as "there is" doesn't have a subject in Hebrew, the possessor comes after the verb. You can place the possessor before the "there is" if you like; this carries with it more stress on the possessor of the object however.


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