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A Reference Grammar of Modern Hebrew (Reference Grammars) by Edna Amir Coffin

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By Edna Amir Coffin

This geared up, available advisor to all points of up to date Hebrew grammar provides the fundamental buildings of the language. It makes use of at the very least really expert linguistic terminology to research grammatical different types, words, expressions, and the development of clauses and sentences. Verb and noun tables are supplied in addition to a complete index during this helpful educating source and easy-to-use reference device.

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L:l'Jn . l +J. Infinitive+ suffix Paraphrase Infinitive+ suffix while being abroad when I was abroad We waited tor his return ']ll)f)J 'ni'i;l~ ? 111n:J. ':? 1l,::>n from abroad. Paraphrases We waited till he returned from abroad. We waited for him to return from abroad. J"1n1J ::n'll' N1il't! 6 Verbal noun Verbal nouns are abstract nouns that can be related to verbal roots and are associated with various verbal groups and patterns. Each hinyan has one or more patterns of nouns that are derived from the roots and/or are associated with that binyan.

The infinitive construct is used much as an English infinitive, including being preceded by -7 'to', and with some other prepositions (see below); the infinitive absolute, which is restricted to the higher registers, is used to add emphasis or certainty to the verb, or as a verbal noun, or tor emphatic commands (see below). Like the imperative, only five of the binyanim have an infinitive form. The two passive hinyanim, pu 'al and huf'al, do not have an infinitive fonn. ,mn ,•iln The infinitive absolute is used either before a verb in tense, to intensify and increase the force of the statement, or on its own, to serve either as an abstract noun, or as an emphatic command.

O;>:;n't'':;! li1 O't! iN;t When I was a little girl, I lived abroad. ' 'tli'D:;J. We waited for his return from abroad. We avoided going to his home. ':? l:l'Jn . l +J. Infinitive+ suffix Paraphrase Infinitive+ suffix while being abroad when I was abroad We waited tor his return ']ll)f)J 'ni'i;l~ ? 111n:J. ':? 1l,::>n from abroad. Paraphrases We waited till he returned from abroad. We waited for him to return from abroad. J"1n1J ::n'll' N1il't! 6 Verbal noun Verbal nouns are abstract nouns that can be related to verbal roots and are associated with various verbal groups and patterns.

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