[b-hebrew] PS: Re: VERBS
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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From: Shoshanna Walker
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Sent: Wednesday, July 27, 2005 2:42 AM
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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