Discussion in 'עברית (Hebrew)' started by babaz, Mar 21, 2013.
Should we say:
אתם לא לבד
אתם לא לבדים
The first. לבדים isn't a word.
The reason behind Pilot's reply: לבד is built of ל (a preposition) + בד of root בדד. This seems like a very old word where ל could maybe become ב if coined in later time. Other similar constructs, such as מלבד and בלבד also have no plural. I guess it's because they are used intensively as adverbs, although some can also be adjectives.
Could it have been "אתם לא בדד" ?
Nope. I think it's because בדד describes a verb, and can't be used as an adjective. So you can have לשבת בדד and ללכת בדד but as an adjective it would be אני בודד.
You could say אתם לא בודדים but you wouldn't really use it as a translation here. It sounds a bit weird. And it could be interpreted as "you are not individuals".
Separate names with a comma.