מה

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Hebrew[edit]

Pronoun[edit]

מָה (m, f

  1. what
    מה זאת אומרת?‎‎ ― ma zot oméret?What does it mean? [literally What is this saying?]
    מה אתה שואל?‎‎ ― ma atá sho'el?What [are] you asking?
    מה נשמע?‎‎ ― ma nishmá?How are you? [literally What [is] being heard?]
  2. which

Usage notes[edit]

  • In traditional Hebrew grammar can also be vocalized as מַה () (with the doubling of the following consonant) or מֶה (). The vowel is determined by the following word and behaves the same way as the vowel in הַ־ (). However, the Academy of the Hebrew Language recommends always using the vocalization מָה ().

Interjection[edit]

מָה ()

  1. An expression of wonder or amazement.
  2. Response that confirms that the speaker is paying attention (usually said unhappily).

Usage notes[edit]

  • In traditional Hebrew grammar can also be vocalized as מַה () (with the doubling of the following consonant) or מֶה (). The vowel is determined by the following word and behaves the same way as the vowel in הַ־ (). However, the Academy of the Hebrew Language recommends always using the vocalization מָה ().

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