הרי לא אכלתם כלום

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Ali Smith

Senior Member
Urdu - Pakistan
שלום!

Someone said, "גברת כספי, בבקשה, אל תתני לי יותר אוכל."
The other person replied, "הרי לא אכלתם כלום".

What does harey mean?

Thanks!
 
  • Abaye

    Senior Member
    Hebrew
    Forgive me for being very unhelpful: Hebrew harey הרי is like (classic) Greek ara ἄρα, they even sound similar.
     

    Drink

    Senior Member
    English - New England, Russian - Moscow
    They may not be related. הרי comes from הנה, with the same sort of change that changed בן to בר in Aramaic. In fact perhaps this happened in Aramaic first, and Hebrew borrowed it from Aramaic.
     

    Abaye

    Senior Member
    Hebrew
    They may not be related
    I don't think they are related, Greek ara is said to have an IE etymology, and I didn't see anyone saying that harey is borrowed from Greek. Seems like one of those nice coincident cases of similar meaning & sound.

    הרי comes from הנה, with the same sort of change that changed בן to בר in Aramaic. In fact perhaps this happened in Aramaic first, and Hebrew borrowed it from Aramaic.
    Do you have a reference for this?
     
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