[b-hebrew] prepositions and grammar
Dr. Joel M. Hoffman
joel at exc.com
Wed Oct 5 14:17:56 EDT 2005
>> Some languages use a dative in situations where others require the
>> accusative, and that's why we translate the literal "become to" as
>> "become" in English.
>So, you suggest that Hebrew dative is consistently accusative in English?
>('became a living soul' seems ablative to me)
In case you didn't understand, let me try to be clearer. Hebrew needs
L after "become" for grammatical reasons. (And I'm pretty sure that
you know enough Hebrew to know that.) I did not suggest that Hebrew
dative is consistently accusative; but after "become" it most
Also, what do you think "became for a living soul" means? "He
became. And the reason he did that is to benefit a living soul"?
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