[b-hebrew] Tenses and aspects; was: footnotes
VadimCherny at mail.ru
Tue Aug 9 02:03:06 EDT 2005
> >Phrases like "yesterday he say" are few, if any.
> >If Hebrew affixes form aspects, not tenses, then Tanakh--and Hebrew
> >of the time--practically did not employ tenses.
> In most cases the time is clear from the context. For example, the
> entire narrative of a historical book must be past. And in such cases
> there is no need for a specifying adverb, so none is written. Isn't this
> also true of Chinese?
I don't know the Chinese stats. You are right about the historical books.
What about, say, Isaiah? No adverbial context spring to mind, yet exegetical
context can prove either past or future.
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