Learning to Read Biblical Hebrew: An Introductory Grammar

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PERSONAL PRONOUNS,
SIGN OF THE OBJECT WITH
PRONOMINAL SUFFIXES,
DEMONSTRATIVE ADJECTIVES,
RELATIVE CLAUSES

11A PERSONAL PRONOUNS
1. Hebrew personal pronouns are independent words which express subjective pronominal concepts (“I,” “you,” “he,” “she,” “we,” and “they”). There are technically no objective personal pronouns; instead the sign of the object with pronominal suffixes serves that function, as discussed in the next section.
2. The chart below lists the personal pronouns and their translations.

3. Notes concerning the forms of the personal pronouns
a. All of the second person forms (singular and plural) have a tav with a dagesh-forte ().
b. The 2FS form (ʾaTT) is unusual in its spelling. It has a final consonant with a dagesh-forte and a silent sheva at the end. The form is adapted from an older spelling.2

1 While there is no neuter in Hebrew, English translations of the 3MS and 3FS personal pronouns may use the word “it” when referring to that which is neuter in English.

2 See Joüon, §39a.

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