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Chapter Twenty Three: On The Attribute

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The terms 'attribute' and 'description' are synonyms. Indefinite nouns can take only indefinite attributes, and definite nouns can take only definite attributes. Indefinite nouns require an attribute more, so that they can be distinguished one from the other. Definite nouns are described by definite items. Of all (definite nouns) pronouns do not take an attribute because they do not exhibit any indefiniteness. When a speaker says ביתי הגדול, the attribute refers to בית, not to the speaker pronoun yod. The primary way of making a word definite is by means of the heh. It is not good for a speaker to give someone a command containing a definite noun if he knows that this person is not familiar with its (referent). This is because the purpose of speech is to convey information, and if it is not the case, it is futile.

Keywords: definite nouns; heh; indefinite attributes; indefinite nouns; yod

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