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Chapter Fifteen: On Stripping Words Of Added Letters In Order For A Word To Return To Its Essential Form Without Additions

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There are two types of nouns. The first type (are nouns that) consist of root letters only. These nouns do not have added elements that must be stripped off, but only radicals. The second type (are nouns that) contain both radicals and non-root letters. (Nouns of) this type undergo dismantling. This chapter focuses on stripping words that are based on active participles, e.g., הַמְבַקְשִׁי, םהַהוֹלְכִים, הַהֹפְכִים. If you strip the hehs of definiteness from the beginning of the participles, they will become indefinite: מְבַקְשִׁים,הוֹפְכִים,הוֹלְכִים. The chapter further talks about stripping words that are based on nouns belonging to the conjugation of infiʿāl, e.g., הַנִדְבָרִים,הַנִשְׁבָעִים. The kaph in כבאכם is in place of the word 'when', because it is translated 'when you come'. If one elides the kaph and mem, what remains is בְנוֹת, as in בנות בתים.

Keywords: active participles; hehs; kaph; mem; non-root letters; root letters; stripping words



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