ארבעה

HebrewEdit

Hebrew numbers (edit)
40
 ←  3 ד׳
4
5  → 
    Cardinal: ארבעה ('arba'á)
    Ordinal: רביעי(r'vi'í)

EtymologyEdit

Root
ר־ב־ע(r-b-ʿ)

From Proto-Semitic *ʔarbaʕatum.

PronunciationEdit

NumeralEdit

אַרְבָּעָה ('arba'ám (construct אַרְבַּעַת('arbá'at), feminine אַרְבַּע('arbá'))

  1. four

Usage notesEdit

  • In Modern Hebrew, when the numbers three through ten modify a definite masculine noun and are directly preceding it, the construct form is used:
    אַרְבָּעָה סְפָרִים‎ ― 'arba'á s'farímfour books
    אַרְבַּעַת הַסְּפָרִים‎ ― 'arbá'at has'farímthe four books
  • The construct form is not used for higher numbers ending in four, such as twenty-four:
    עֶשְׂרִים וְאַרְבָּעָה הַסְּפָרִים‎ ― 'esrím v'arba'á has'farímthe twenty-four books
  • In colloquial Modern Hebrew, the form אַרְבַּע('árba') is often used regardless of gender.

Coordinate termsEdit