Notes by Autumn Light

On Hebrew, English, translation, editing, and more—by Jonathan Orr-Stav

What are the Hebrew equivalent of they/them pronouns?

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(My answer to this question at Quora.com)


If you’re referring to the practice of “singular they” (e.g. I ask the stranger if they knew how to get to Carnegie Hall), there is no Hebrew equivalent—one simply uses the masculine singular pronouns (the equivalent of the English he/him). However, to avoid the gender issue, a person might use the plural to get around it—esp. in second person instructions (e.g., in the sentence For more information, click here, the word click might be in second-person plural).

If you’re just interested in the Hebrew for they and them, it’s as follows:

Masculine:

  • they: hem הם
  • them (direct object, e.g. I saw them): otam אותם
  • them (indirect object, as in to them, for them): lahem להם

Feminine:

  • they: hen הן
  • them (direct object, e.g. I saw them): otan אותן
  • them (indirect object, as in to them, for them): lahen להן

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Author: יונתן אור-סתיו | Jonathan Orr-Stav

Hebrew-English translator, editor, author. מתרגם עברית–אנגלית, עורך באנגלית, וסופר.

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