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כבר as an intensifier

Discussion in 'עברית (Hebrew)' started by airelibre, Mar 23, 2013.

  1. airelibre

    airelibre Senior Member

    English - London
    There are certain sentences using 'kvar' which can't translate well to English using 'already', nor can I think of any other word immediately equivalent to kvar. They seem to use kvar as an intensifier. Can you think of any good ways of translating such sentences into English, for example sentences like 'החיים זה כבר לא הכול', 'זה כבר לא מצחיק'?
     
  2. tFighterPilot Senior Member

    Israel - Hebrew
    כבר is either "already" or "anymore". I both examples you've given "anymore" would fit.
     
  3. airelibre

    airelibre Senior Member

    English - London
    How about 'זה כבר שנים שלא אמרתי לך', 'מחכה כבר שתהיה לי יומולדת'?
     
  4. arielipi Senior Member

    Israel
    Hebrew
    You're going deep into the language now and you're right, it cannot always be 1:1 translation.
    As for birthday, I would use can't wait anymore/longer,
    the second sentence needs a whole lot of surgeries to be translated, rephrased.
     
    Last edited: Mar 24, 2013

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