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Chapter Twenty Nine: On Some Of The Functions Of Masculine Letters

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This chapter discusses some of the functions of masculine letters in Hebrew language. The aleph designates a single speaker who is the agent. It can never combine in a word form with an agent pronoun. The nun designates multiple speakers, and is analogous in this regard to the aleph. The yod is used for a masculine absentee who is the subject of a predication. It can be used together with other agent pronouns, as well as with patient pronouns. The taw is used for an interlocutor, and it can be combined with the same elements as the yod. When added to nouns, the bet expresses circumstance. The waw attaches to all three parts of speech. The kaph serves to express comparison. The lamed attaches to nouns to express possession. The mem that is attached to a verb turns it into a noun.

Keywords: aleph; bet; masculine letters; mem; nun; taw; yod

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