[b-hebrew] Hithpael and stative verb

Ken Penner pennerkm at mcmaster.ca
Wed Nov 12 08:54:29 EST 2003

> Can a stativ verb like taher be expressed as hithpael  -  

Stative verbs in the HtD binyan often carry an estimative-declarative sense:
to show oneself to be X, or to pretend to be X.
WOC 26.2f lists Ezekiel 38:23, 2 Samuel 13:5, Proverbs 13:7, Psalm 78:21,
Esther 8:17.

2 Sam 13:5: "Lie down on your bed and pretend to be sick" (HiTXaL), not
"make yourself sick"! ;-)

Ken Penner, Ph.D. (cand.), McMaster University
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> since by doing so 
> it would change from a state-of-being into an action,  i.e. 
> "he was pure" would 
> become "he made himself pure", thereby losing its stativ quality ? 

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