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Chapter Twenty Five: On The Initial Item And The Predicate

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The definite noun comes first to alert the hearer to what the predication is about. When speech is structured in this way, it conveys such propositional information. When an indefinite noun precedes the definite one, the definite element is a patient, e.g., רוכב הסוּס. This shows that propositional information cannot be conveyed unless a definite noun is placed before the indefinite. He who does not learn the principles, may fail to distinguish between the conjoining construction, the attributive construction and the initial item and predicate construction. In the initial item and predicate construction the definite noun comes first followed by the indefinite noun. This leads to a rule to which one can refer: an indefinite noun followed by a definite constitute a conjoining construction; a definite noun followed by an indefinite constitute an initial item and predicate construction; two indefinite nouns or two definite nouns constitute an attributive construction.

Keywords: attributive construction; conjoining construction; definite noun; indefinite noun; predicate



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