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Re: Initial <q> as a conjunction
To the best of my knowledge, in biblical and traditionnal Hebrew,
A "Vav" letter at the beginning is effectively used :
1 - to mean AND (with occasionally some emphasis,
like ..., and what is more, ...)
2 - for REVERSING the tense of the folowing VERB
(it is a very common construction widely
used in the Bible, prayers and traditional texts).
This special use of the letter VAV is called "The reversing VAV"
How it works :
The_Vav_Letter+ verb in the past tense :
transforms the verb into a future tense
The_Vav_letter + verb in the future :
transforms the verb into a past tense
In Hebrew, almost every construction beginning with :
V-Y... (pronounce : VA = and, then Y = prefix for future tense, 3rd
means in fact he/she has done ... something in the past
and NOT : AND he/she will ...
In ALL cases, The_Vav_letter (one symbole in Hebrew = a simple stick),
ALWAYS attached to the following word.
Note : in Hebrew : the definite Article H (pronounced Ha) prefixes the
noun and is also always attached to it
(so , in Hebrew :
all definite nouns begin with H attached to the noun
all english constructs like "and the xxx"
are always in Hebrew "VHyyy"
Bruce Grant wrote:
> Speaking of languages with initial conjunctions, I believe this is
> common in biblical Hebrew,
> where the conjunction is effectively part of the following word. (This
> is mirrored in the
> King James Version of the Bible with its many sentences like "And the
> Lord said ...".)
> Bruce Grant