[b-hebrew] 'Tav" Preformative Third person Masc Plural form?
Dr. Joel M. Hoffman
joel at exc.com
Thu Nov 16 09:22:45 EST 2006
>In Ezekiel 37:7 the subject is third person, the verb is second person, (we
>don't need to worry about the masc and fem interchange at this point), this
>also occurs in Jeremiah 49:11, What I would be interested in though would be
The verbs in both cases are in fact 3rd person.
1. a verbal suffix VAV indicating plural
2. a verbal prefix YUD indicating future
3. a verbal prefix TAF indicating second person future
4. a verbal prefix TAF indicating feminine future
Verbs by default are singular, masculine, 3rd-person, past, but these
affixes can mix and match to modify the verbs. From QTL, we find:
QTL: he killed (sing., 3rd, past, m.)
YQTL: he will kill (sing., 3rd, fut., m.)
TQTL: you will kill (sing., 2nd, fut, m.)
TQTL: she will kill etc.
QTLW: they killed
YQTLW: they will kill
TQTLW: y'all will kill
TQTLW: they (f) will kill
Additionaly, we have a (more common) suppletive form TQTLNH "they
(f)/you (f) will kill."
Joel M. Hoffman, PhD
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