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Side by Side

[Reposted from my The Glamour of the Grammar column for the Jerusalem Post]

What do apples, oranges and tomatoes have in common in Hebrew, as opposed to mangoes, bananas and carrots? Let’s find out. (Here’s a hint that won’t surprise you: The difference between the two groups has nothing to do with the foods themselves; it’s a matter of grammar.)

To get started, we look at a construction called smichut in Hebrew – literally, “closeness” – translated as “the construct” in English (creating the unfortunately alliterative phrase “construct construction”).

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Categories: Hebrew Grammar
  1. September 3, 2009 at 1:28 am

    Thanks for leaving your comment on my post re: the NIV revision.

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