איזה

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Hebrew[edit]

Determiner[edit]

אֵיזֶה (éizem (feminine counterpart אֵיזוֹ)

  1. What, which; used in forming questions.
    באיזה בית ספר לימדת?‏
    b'éize beit séfer limád't(a)?
    What school did you teach at?
    עם איזה מהם דיברת?‏
    'im éize meihém dibárt(a)?
    Which of them did you talk to?
  2. What, which; used in forming interrogative content clauses.
    עוד לא החלטנו איזה סרט נראה הערב.‏
    'od lo hekhlátnu éize séret nir'á ha'érev.
    We haven't decided what movie we're going to see tonight.
    אני לא יודע איזה הוא מעדיף – תה, או קפה.‏
    aní lo yodéa` éize hu ma`adíf – té, o kafé.
    I don't know which he prefers – tea, or coffee.
  3. What; used in forming exclamations.
    איזה יופי!‏
    éize yófi!
    (literally) What beauty! (figuratively) How wonderful!
    איזה יום רע.‏
    éize yom ra'.
    What a bad day.

Usage notes[edit]

  • When it introduces a question or interrogative content clause, אֵיזֶה – like its English counterparts – may introduce a noun, or may stand alone. When it introduces an exclamation, it – again like its English counterpart – must introduce a noun, since it and its noun together form the entirety of the clause.
  • Properly, the feminine singular is אֵיזוֹ (éizo) (compare זֶה (ze) and זוֹ (zo)); however, in ordinary speech אֵיזֶה is frequently used regardless of gender and number.

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