בשביל

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Hebrew[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From בְּ־ (b'-, in) and שְׁבִיל־ (sh'vil-, trail of); hence, literally, “in the trail of”.

Preposition[edit]

בִּשְׁבִיל (bishvíl)

  1. For, for the sake of, for the benefit of, in order for.

Usage notes[edit]

  • While most senses of בשביל are also senses of ל־‏ (l'-), the reverse is not true; so, in some cases only ל־‏ is possible (because בשביל does not have the requisite sense), and in some cases only בשביל is possible (because ל־‏ would imply something different). For example, גנבו לי את המכונית ([they] stole my car) cannot be rephrased with בשביל; and גנבו את המכונית בשבילי ([they] stole the car for me) would likely be misunderstood if it were rephrased with ל־‏.

Inflection[edit]

Synonyms[edit]

  • (for): ל־ (l'-, to, for)