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Spirit): 0~1 • ~ iJ results in 0~1iJ ''the spirit" (Num 11: 17). 3. Implied doubling Two of the gutteralletters (T1 and i1) have an implied doubling in the drawn out way they are pronounced. There was no need for regressive doubling when the article was attached to words beginning with those letters. a. lJ ~ • ~ iJ. lJiJ ''the sword" (Gen 3:24). b. The article with sin-offering: nN~O ~ • ~ iJ results in nN~JJiJ ''the sin-offering" (Lev4:8). c. 4. Vowel dissimilation When two similar vowels come together in a word, Hebrew tends to "dissimilate" the first into its opposite.
The Noun as a Subject of a Verbal Predicate In a verbal clause, a noun as subject is usually definite and can precede or follow the predicate (verb or verb+object). It can also come between the verb and its object. 1) A subject noun can precede the predicate, as in: Oii~ i1:0 tV1J~iJ1 "and the serpent was crafty.... " (Gen 3:1) The subject noun tVlJ~iJ is definte (with the article). The subject noun preceding the predicate can be a proper name, for example, i1'f~T;J nj?? 1i1:T;JT "Jeremiah took a scroll" (Jer 36:32).
It can be viewed as a single word, as a part of a phrase, or as a part of a clause. " There are four kinds of noun phrases: ' 1: a. A Prtmositional Phrase: * lV"'~? ,'? ~~ . ~ lV"'~O i ~~J . I. " I >' yrtjl 1'6oil\ \J"~\t 4k ~ ,,;thlf· An Attributive Phrase: -. -/~ 7). 11\ ()-'" fl i L_-------- c. - . =V d. " ..... ~ ~ """- 3) As part of a clause: A noun can occur as the Subject or Predicate of a clause. ,, b. Verbal Clause (subj): l-. 4 Gi :JiO"lV"'~it ' lV"'~ . , .. 1. The Gender and Number of a Noun Hebrew nouns are either masculine or feminine, and either singular or plural.