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15. Qal Imperfect — Strong Verbs

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  1. With chapter 15, as with chapter 13 above, your first read through needs to be done carefully. Your first time through should give a good understanding of the meaning and use of the Qal Imperfect verb inflection. Don't try to memorize the paradigm in 15.3 but make sure you have a good understanding of how a Qal Imperfect should be translated. Before you listen to the lecture, read and understand 15.1-15.3. Read beyond this block as well. You should read the entire chapter in anticipation of the lecture.

  2. Listen to Gary's full lecture

  3. Study and master the content of every section of the chapter. You must have total mastery of the paradigm in 15.3. You will be required to produce these forms in Hebrew throughout the entire course.

  4. Listen to the vocabulary


Please complete the following exercises:

  1. Parsing (1-15) on p. 89;

  2. Translation (odd only) on pp. 90-91;

  3. Bible translations (1-3, 9) on pp. 91-92;

  4. Inflecting (1-15) on pp. 93.


  1. Exercise Two (page 91)

  2. Exercise Five (page 92)

  3. Exercise Nine (page 92)

Correct your homework with the answer key


  1. True or False. The Imperfect conjugation is used to express incomplete action.

  2. What is the diagnostic stem vowel for stative verbs in the imperfect conjugation?

  3. Which negative particle is used with imperfect verbs to indicate permanent prohibitions?

  4. Do you fully understand every summary point in section 15.10?

  5. Again, what is the difference between the Hebrew Perfect and Imperfect? If you are still uncertain, study sections 12.11.1, 12.11.2, 13.3 and 15.2. You can't afford to be uncertain about this question.

  6. What are the Imperfect preformatives? There are four of them.

  7. What are the Imperfect sufformatives? There are five of them.

  8. Do you control the Qal Imperfect paradigm with the same measure of mastery with which, I am confident, you control the Qal Perfect paradigm? Is my confidence well founded? If not, make it so.

  9. Have you carefully studied the notes for the Qal Imperfect in 15.4?

  10. What are the three categories of stative verbs?

  11. What are the two negative particles that you have learned in this lesson and how is each used with the Imperfect?


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