זה

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Hebrew[edit]

Determiner[edit]

זֶה ‎(zem

  1. (archaic or formal) This.
    איך קוראים לילד הזה?
    eikh korím layéled hazé?
    What's this boy's name? (literally, How [they] call to-the-boy the-this?)
    • Passover Haggadah,
      הָרַחֲמָן הוּא יִשְׁלַח לָנוּ בְּרָכָה מְרֻבָּה בַּבַּיִת הַזֶּה, וְעַל שֻׁלְחָן זֶה שֶׁאָכַלְנוּ עָלָיו.
      harakhaman hu yishlakh lanu b'rakha m'ruba babayit haze, v'al shulkhan ze she'akhalnu alav.
      The Merciful One will send to us a manifold blessing in this house, and on this table upon which we have eaten.

Pronoun[edit]

זֶה ‎(zem

  1. This, this one.
    זה בחולצה הכחולה.
    ze bakhultsá hak'khulá.
    The one (male) in the blue shirt.
    זה שאין לנקוב בשמו.
    ze she'éin linkóv be'shemó.
    He-who-must-not-be-named.

Usage notes[edit]

  • זה, although translated "this", is often used in circumstances where English speakers would use that. For example, a boy swinging a stick might be told הזהר עם זה, whereas in English he'd be told "be careful with that".
  • Colloquially, זה is often used as a gender-neutral form of "it".

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