Hebrew for Bible Readers
Verb forms for shades of meaning
By Keith Schoville
It’s time to meet the six verbal patterns derived from the simple conjugation (Qal). For examples we will use strong roots in which all three consonants are retained in all forms. Before we begin, review the patterns for the past, present and future of the Qal form (see Hebrew for Bible Readers, BR 08:01).
The following chart gives the names of the other verbal forms and distinguishes their functions. Hebrew verbs can describe simple, intensive or causative actions; these actions can be active, passive or reflexive:

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