בא

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Hebrew[edit]

Etymology[edit]

Root
ב־ו־א

From the root ב־ו־א ‎(b-v-'). Compare Arabic بَاءَ ‎(bāʾa, to return, come back).

Verb[edit]

בָּא ‎(ba) ‎(pa'al construction, future יָבוֹא)

  1. To come.
  2. (colloquial, constructed with ל־ ‎(l-)) Used in expressing a desire or impulse, or lack thereof.
    בא לך לטייל קצת?
    ba l'khá/lakh l'tayél ktzat?
    (literally) [Does it] come to you to tour a bit?
    (idiomatically) Do you feel like going for a walk?
    לא בא לי ללכת לים.
    lo ba li lalékhet la-yám.
    (literally) [It] doesn't come to me to to go to the sea.
    (idiomatically) I don't feel like going to the beach.
  3. (only in imperative mood) To let us; used with the first-person-plural future-tense form of a verb to produce its cohortative.
    בוא נדבר על זה מחר.
    bo n'dabér al ze makhár.
    (literally) Come we'll talk about this tomorrow.
    (idiomatically) Let's talk about this tomorrow.

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בָּא ‎(bam ‎(feminine בָּאָה, masculine plural בָּאִים, feminine plural בָּאוֹת)

  1. Coming, next, upcoming.
    • (Can we date this quote?) “Bashana Haba'a” (Israeli folk-song):
      בשנה הבאה נשב על המרפסת ונספור ציפורים נודדות.
      bashaná haba'á neshév al hamirpéset v'nispór tziporím nod'dót.
      Next year we'll sit on the porch and count the migrating birds.

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