Learning to Read Biblical Hebrew: An Introductory Grammar

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Lesson 15
IMPERFECT CONJUGATION
IN THE OTHER MAJOR STEMS,
SUMMARY OF THE
IMPERFECT CONJUGATION

15A IMPERFECT CONJUGATION IN THE OTHER MAJOR STEMS

1. Introduction
a. The preceding lesson introduced the imperfect conjugation in the qal stem; this section introduces the other major stems of the strong imperfect verb.
b. Each stem in the imperfect requires the addition of the imperfect prefixes and suffixes, which indicate an imperfect verb&s person, gender, and number. The major accent of an imperfect verb remains on the same syllable in the other stems as it does in qalexcept for three forms in hifil. In addition to these common features, each stem has unique elements, as described in the following discussion.

2. Imperfect conjugation in the nifal stem
a. The right column in the following chart presents the forms of the imperfect, nifal for the root ; the column on the left presents the imperfect, qal for comparison. Since nifal usually expresses the passive of qal, it often conveys simple action in the passive voice, as the translation indicates.

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