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19. Pronominal Suffixes on Verbs

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  1. Read this chapter from beginning to end, but do not study it carefully until you have listened to the lecture. Frankly, for the beginning student, this study can be rather daunting because of the many vowel changes that can occur with the addition of an object suffix to a verb. Focus your attention on the spelling of the object suffixes and on the recognition of the Perfect, Imperfect and Imperative preformatives and sufformatives which have already been mastered. It will take some time and significant exposure to object suffixes on verbs before you will become comfortable with this aspect of Hebrew grammar. Be patient. For the most part, this topic will be handled inductively through the grammar and later exercises.

  2. Listen to Gary's full lecture

  3. Study every section of the chapter carefully. Both for study and for reference, we have provided two summary charts for the spelling of object suffixes on verbs: one for the spelling of suffixes on the Perfect (19.13) and another for those on the Imperfect (19.14). These two charts will be helpful for Chapter 19 exercises and also for the later Biblical translations in the grammar.

  4. Listen to the vocabulary (Biblical examples)


Please complete the following exercises:

  1. Parsing, part 1: 1-10 on p. 157

  2. Parsing, part 2: 1-10 on p. 158

  3. Bible Translations: 1,6,8,10,11,14,16 on pp. 160-162

Frequently asked questions

  1. Why are the pronominal suffixes arrayed in the Grammar 1cs – 2ms – 2 fs instead of the way we learned verbs (3ms – 3fs – 2ms, etc.)?


  1. Exercise 6 (page 161)

  2. Exercise 8 (page 161)

  3. Exercise 10 (page 161)

Correct your homework with the answer key


  1. How may the pronominal suffix indicate the direct object of the verb (other than with the independent personal pronoun)?

  2. What are the Nun-suffixes and which conjugation utilizes them?

  3. What class of connecting vowel does the Perfect conjugation prefer? What about the Imperfect and Imperative conjugations?

  4. Do you understand that the suffixes addes to the definite direct object marker are the smae suffixes that you will see on verbs?

  5. Do you understand that, in general, verbs use Type 1 pronominal suffixes with an objective translation value?

  6. Do you have immediate recognition of the suffixes (both Type 1 and Type 1 Alternate) that are presented in 19.2?

  7. When parsing verbs with pronominal suffixes, remember that you must identify the person, gender, and number of the suffix (19.9)?

  8. Don't forget to study and mark the location in the grammar of the charts in 19.13 and 19.14.


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