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Copulas

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To compensate for the missing verb, a substitute called copula is often used. As the name indicates, the function of the copula is to link the subject to the rest of the sentence (the predicate). The copula is found in biblical and Mishnaic Hebrew; however, its greater incidence in modern Hebrew is thought to be English-influenced. This chapter discusses the use of third person pronouns as copulas in verbless sentences. It also discusses the use of אוגד שלילי - אין as a negative copula. It then focuses on Emphatic copulas, Verbal copulas and Verbs of becoming.

Keywords: אין; becoming; Copulas; emphatic copulas; Hebrew; Negative copula; pronouns; sentence; verb; verbal copulas

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