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Dec 25, 2012

how to say "a consideration" in Hebrew


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שִׁקּוּל

Yesterday we saw the word for calculation - חִשּׁוּב.

Another English word with a similar meaning is consideration in the sense of to take into consideration or to take into account. We might also call this a factor - something worth giving weight to.
Israel's currency, the shekel,
comes from the same root as that of weight.

Modern Hebrew uses this metaphor of weight - employing the root שׁ.ק.ל (sh.k.l) meaning weight - to produce the word for consideration/factor: שִׁקּוּל.

For example:


כְּדֵי לְהַחְלִיט עַל הַדֶּגֶם הַמַּתְאִים, יֵשׁ כַּמָּה שִׁקּוּלִים שֶׁצָּרִיךְ לָקַחַת בְּחֶשְׁבּוֹן.
In order to decide on the right model, there are a few considerations that need to be taken into account.

To say, I'll consider it, use the active-simple פָּעַל verb, לִשְׁקוֹל.

For example:


טוֹב לִשְׁקוֹל אֶת כָּל הָאֶפְשָׁרוּיוֹת.
It's good to consider all the possibilities.

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