Qames or Qames-Hatuph

George Athas gathas at hotkey.net.au
Mon Jan 7 22:03:00 EST 2002


A shewa that is the fourth item in a syllable will always be a silent shewa that closes a syllable.
In any other positions, the shewa will end the syllable, but it will be an open syllable.

PS- Shewa will usually not be written as the last item in a word.

As for the word "all" (KWL) -- I was taught to take the shortened form (with qames hatuf) with a
maqqef as being in construct with the followingf word, thus yielding "All of..." (not just
"All...").


Best regards,

GEORGE ATHAS
(Sydney, Australia)





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