ה־

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Aramaic[edit]

Prefix[edit]

הָ־ (hā-)

  1. this
    הָשַׁתָּא (hāšattā, this year)
    הָכָא (hāḵā, right here)

Hebrew[edit]

Etymology 1[edit]

Pronunciation[edit]

  • (Modern Israeli) IPA(key): /ha/ (usually), IPA(key): /he/ (sometimes; see usage notes below)

Article[edit]

הַ־ (ha-)

  1. (definite article) The.
  2. This: the current or adjacent; used especially with nouns denoting periods of time, and especially יוֹם (yom, day).
    היום (hayóm, today)
    הערב (ha'érev, tonight, this evening)
    הבוקר (habóker, this morning)
    הלילה (haláila, tonight; last night)
    הוא מגיע לכתה עוד מעט ― hu magía lakitá od m'at ― He's arriving at the classroom shortly.
Usage notes[edit]
  • In traditional grammar, Hebrew common nouns have three “states”: indefinite (corresponding to English “a(n)/some __”), definite (corresponding to English “the __”), and construct (corresponding to English “a(n)/some/the __ of”). Therefore, the definite article was traditionally considered to be an actual part of the definite noun. In modern colloquial use, the definite article is often taken as a clitic, attaching to a noun but not actually part of it. For example, the Hebrew term for school is בֵּית־סֵפֶר (beit séfer, house-of book); so in traditional grammar, “the school” is בֵּית־הַסֵּפֶר (beit-haséfer, house-of-the-book), but in modern colloquial speech, it is often הַבֵּית־סֵפֶר (habeit-séfer, the-house-of-book).
  • ה־ is used not only with nouns, but also with attributive adjectives; that is, attributive adjectives agree in definiteness with the nouns they modify. This agreement is strictly semantic; an attributive adjective takes ה־ if its noun is semantically definite, even if the noun does not itself have ה־, for example if it’s a proper noun.
  • When ה־ follows לְ־ (l'-, to, for), בְּ־ (b'-, in), or כְּ־ (k'-, like), the two merge, with the consonant being ל, ב, or כ and the vowel being that from the ה־.
  • In traditional grammar, the consonant after ה־ receives a dagésh khazák (gemination), unless it’s one of the letters that cannot take a dagésh (א, ה, ח, ע, ר), in which case the vowel in the ה־ changes:
    • If the consonant after the ה־ is א or ר, or if it’s ע and its syllable is stressed, then a kamáts is used instead of a patákh; so, הָ־ (ha-).
    • If the consonant after the ה־ is ע and its syllable is unstressed, then a segól is used instead of a patákh; so, הֶ־ (he-).
    • If the consonant after the ה־ is ה or ח, then a patákh is used as usual, unless the ה or ח has unstressed kamáts or khatáf kamáts, in which case a segól is used instead.

See also[edit]

Etymology 2[edit]

Pronunciation[edit]

  • (Modern Israeli) IPA(key): /ha/

Prefix[edit]

הֲ־ (ha-)

  1. (archaic or poetic) An interrogative particle.
    הֲיָדַעְתָּ?Hayadá'ta? — Did you know?
    הֲתִשְׁמַע קוֹלִי?Hatishmá kolí? — Can you hear my voice?
Usage notes[edit]
  • Before a sh'va this prefix has a patach.