Ruth 1:12d

Brown-Driver-Briggs has a helpful article on יֵשׁ on page 441.

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The Participle

The participle shares characteristics with nouns and with verbs.  Like nouns, the participle has gender, number, definiteness, and case. Like verbs, the participle can take an object, has voice (active/passive), has tense (determined by context), and has aspect.

However, it must be kept in mind that the participle in biblical Hebrew (and in other Semitic languages, like Arabic) is not a verb; the participle is not part of the verbal system.  Rather, the participle in biblical Hebrew is a noun.   Continue reading “The Participle”