short or long

Trevor & Julie Peterson 06peterson at
Sun Jan 13 07:15:49 EST 2002

I'm not sure what the question means. Most words don't close with a shva.
Final kaf always has some sort of vowel under it, so it often has a silent
shva. Otherwise, I think the most you're going to see is the on some
second-person suffixes, but that's a special case where you have a final
consonant cluster. The shva is silent, but the preceding syllable is closed.

Trevor Peterson

> -----Original Message-----
> From: yosef limbers [mailto:hebrew2day at]
> Sent: Saturday, January 12, 2002 4:02 PM
> To: Biblical Hebrew
> Subject: short or long
>   GEORGE ATHAS said :"A shewa that is the fourth item in a syllable will
> always be a silent shewa that
> closes a syllable."
>  Does this apply to word?
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