[b-hebrew] nun hay hay verb "to wail"

Harold Holmyard hholmyard at ont.com
Thu Oct 5 16:07:18 EDT 2006


Dear Kenneth,

> Is the verb spelled nun hay hay "to wail" a geminate verb?

Yes. A verb with the last two letters the same is 
by definition geminate. "Geminate" comes from the 
same root as Latin geminus, or "twin" (think of 
the constellation Gemini).


> Could it be 
> conjugated using just nun and hay?

HH: No, Hebrew verbs are at least triliteral.

Yours,
Harold Holmyard



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