[b-hebrew] PS: Re: VERBS

George Athas gathas at hotkey.net.au
Wed Jul 27 04:17:55 EDT 2005

Modern Greek has a similar concept: FIGAME literally means, 'we have left', but can be used as a statement of intent, 'we are leaving'. It's as though the future action is so certain that it is an already established fact.

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(Sydney, Australia)

  ----- Original Message ----- 
  From: Shoshanna Walker 
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  Subject: [b-hebrew] PS: Re: VERBS

  and it's not only motion verbs

  "Gamarnu!" = End it!

  or "Gamarnu?" = Are we/you done yet?


  In Modern Hebrew, past-tense motion verbs (but not other
  verbs) are used for future-tense suggestions (e.g., "HALAXNU?,"
  literally "did we go?"  meaning "shall we go?") [This example is
  doubly interesting because "SHARNU," "did we sing?" cannot mean "shall
  we sing?"  It basically only works with motion verbs.]

  It's "halachnu?" - and it's an idiom, idioms are in a class by themselves.

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