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EtymologyEdit

Root
ב־ו־א

Compare Arabic بَاءَ (bāʾa, to return, come back), Ge'ez ቦአ (boʾä, to enter).

VerbEdit

בָּא (ba) (pa'al construction, future יָבוֹא)

  1. To come.
  2. (colloquial, constructed with ל־ (l-)) Used in expressing a desire or impulse, or lack thereof.
    בא לך לטייל קצת?‏
    ba l'khá/lakh l'tayél ktzat?
    (literally) [Does it] come to you to tour a bit?
    (idiomatically) Do you feel like going for a walk?
    לא בא לי ללכת לים.‏
    lo ba li lalékhet la-yám.
    (literally) [It] doesn't come to me to to go to the sea.
    (idiomatically) I don't feel like going to the beach.
  3. (only in imperative mood) To let us; used with the first-person-plural future-tense form of a verb to produce its cohortative.
    בוא נדבר על זה מחר.‏
    bo n'dabér al ze makhár.
    (literally) Come we'll talk about this tomorrow.
    (idiomatically) Let's talk about this tomorrow.

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בָּא (ba) (feminine בָּאָה, masculine plural בָּאִים, feminine plural בָּאוֹת)

  1. Coming, next, upcoming.
    • (Can we date this quote?) “Bashana Haba'a” (Israeli folk-song):
      בשנה הבאה נשב על המרפסת ונספור ציפורים נודדות.‏
      bashaná haba'á neshév al hamirpéset v'nispór tziporím nod'dót.
      Next year we'll sit on the porch and count the migrating birds.

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