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Hebrew Pronominal Suffixes

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  1. You must fully master the introductory sections (9.2- 9.3) before beginning the study of pronominal suffixes on nouns in 9.4. You must be able to recognize every suffix as either a Type 1 or Type 2 (and also the alternate forms in 9.3.5). Further, you must be able to translate every suffix and identify its person, gender and number. Don't go beyond 9.3 until you are in full control of the material.

  2. Read this chapter from beginning to end but don't study it carefully until you have listened to the lecture. In this chapter, it is important that you don't try to memorize the pronominal suffixes (9.2-9.3) quite yet; just get a good sense of how the suffixes translate and appear on nouns, prepositions and the object marker.

  3. Listen to Gary's full lecture

  4. Study every section of the chapter carefully and thoroughly master each and every pronominal suffix that is presented in 9.2 and 9.3. You will not be asked to produce these suffixes in Hebrew but you must have immediate recognition of the translation value of each one and its person, gender and number. We are talking about nanosecond recognition here.

  5. Listen to the vocabulary


Please complete the following exercises:

  1. Translate and Identify, Part 1 (1-15) on pp. 39-42;

  2. Translate and Identify, Part 2 (odd only) on pp. 43-44;

  3. Translate and Identify, Part 3 (odd only) on pp. 45-46;

  4. Bible translations (3, 5) on p. 47.

Frequently asked questions

  1. What spelling changes occur in the noun when a pronominal suffix is attached?

  2. Can a singular noun take a plural suffix, and a plural noun take a singular suffix?


  1. Exercise One (page 47)

  2. Exercise Three (page 47)

  3. Exercise Five (page 47)

Correct your homework with the answer key


  1. Type 2 suffixes are recognizable by the presence of which Hebrew letter? Type 2 suffixes are applied to which category of nouns?

  2. True or False The object marker takes only Type 1 suffixes.

  3. What happens when a noun ending in  ה ֶ  receives a pronominal suffix?

  4. True or False: The feminine plural ending is lost when a suffix is added.

  5. When a suffix is added to a feminine singular noun ending in  ה ָ  what letter replaces the  ה ?

  6. Do you fully understand every summary point in section 9.16?

  7. At a glance, are you able to recognize the various suffixes (translation, type, person, gender and number) presented in 9.2 and 9.3?

  8. Do you understand why there are two types of suffixes?

  9. In terms of translating suffixes, do you know the difference between the possessive and objective values? If you don't, turn to 9.2 and study the column on the right side of the graphic.

  10. For recognition, you must have mastery of the paradigms in 9.4 and 9.6. Be certain that you understand the observations in 9.7.1.

  11. This chapter is packed full. Have you spent enough time on this study of pronominal suffixes on nouns, prepositions and the definite direct object marker? You don't want to learn that you haven't spent sufficient time when you take either the mid-term or the final examination.


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