Many expressions in Hebrew take different forms when referring to women or groups. What is the correct way to say yasher koach/ײשר כּח to multiple people?

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    Is this question about Judaism?
    – msh210
    Apr 8, 2016 at 0:02
  • Just tack on the appropriate plurals? יישרו כחכם/כן?
    – DonielF
    Oct 1, 2017 at 15:15

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yashar kochachem יישר כחכם (the koach - strength - is in the plural form)

  • Can you edit support for this claim? WADR, none of us know who you are to accept it on your say-so. Is this perhaps grammatically correct (and how do you know) or very common (and in what circles) or something you heard an authority say (and who)?
    – msh210
    Apr 8, 2016 at 0:02
  • @Miriam Thanks! But is this definitely for multiple people, or merely to acknowledge multiple "strengths"?
    – SAH
    Apr 8, 2016 at 9:02
  • I'm not sure .. usually, the verb must match the object in number. Shouldn't it be yeyashru kokhachem. The way you have it implies that one person has multiple strengths. This is true, but, in this case, I don't think that's what you meant. Of course, for females, it would be "Teyasheru kochachen". I've never heard this, but seems sensible to me.
    – DanF
    Apr 8, 2016 at 14:27
  • The koach (strength) stays in the singular - your (pl.) strength. I don't have a grammatical explanation, but this is what is used. I googled for some different examples: hebrewbooks.org/pagefeed/hebrewbooks_org_47276_150.pdf (top line), kosharot.co.il/order.asp?id=42227 (one letter from last from the bottom of the page), headstart.co.il/projectcomments.aspx?id=7257 (3rd comment down).
    – Miriam
    Apr 10, 2016 at 12:13

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