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    לחיים - לחי

    Could you tell me the pronunciation of לחיים (cheeks), preferably באמצעות נקודות? Is it a homophone of lechaim (cheers), or is it lchayaim, or something else?

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    Re: לחיים - לחי

    lechaya(y)im
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    Re: לחיים - לחי

    Is that first 'e' a shva, segol or tzere?

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    Re: לחיים - לחי

    לְחָיַיִם. In the bible you can find an example in Deut. 18:3.

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    Re: לחיים - לחי

    לֶחִי
    i do not knwo the plural form
    Last edited by arielipi; 8th January 2013 at 12:30 AM.
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    Re: לחיים - לחי

    arielipi, in such a small font it appears (at least on my screen) that the singular form is with tzere, rather than segol. Can you please edit and make the font bigger, so others won't misread it? Thanks.

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    Re: לחיים - לחי

    The common ptonunciation is, as arielipi said is לֶחִי (penultimate stress). There is also an attested variation of לְחִי (ultimate stress) which is also the nismakh form.
    The plural/dual is, as ystab said, לְחָיַיִם.
    The only case that is homophonic is in the nismakh forms such as "לְחָיֵי הבהבמה" and "לְחַיֵּי הבהמה!"

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    Re: לחיים - לחי

    Thanks to everyone for the help.

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