when is the adjective before and when is it after the noun?
I can't seem to get it straight. What is the rule for when one says "The good girl" and when is it "The girl is good?"
Adjective is always after the noun.
ילדה טובה=Good girl
The good girl=הילדה הטובה The girl is good=הילדה טובה
I am not a native but I hope that I didn't make a mistake.
Thank you! I hope that helps. I keep doing practice work and never get it right. Let's see if that does it.
One key marker is that, when the adjective is in the construction that we'd translate as "the good girl," the adjective will match the number, gender, and definiteness of the noun.
Okay. That makes sense. It's still hard for me to figure that out but that does give me some form of clarity.
I'm glad it makes sense! I sometimes worry I'm not being as clear as I'd like, and it's been a long time since I've done anything with Hebrew (and that was Biblical Hebrew, so things were slightly different).
How did you study Biblical Hebrew? That is actually what I am trying to learn and modern Hebrew seems to be the only way. And it really is quite different. Is there a course on that or is that something I can only do on my own or in a classroom?
I studied it in seminary. I don't know where you'd be able to get lessons outside of a seminary setting, but I can at least provide the information about our textbook. We used Beginning Biblical Hebrew by Mark Futato. We also used the Brown/Driver/Briggs Hebrew Lexicon, but that's for after you've got the basics down. The Futato book also had flashcards you could use.
Editing, because we've run out of discussion space: the Futato book starts you from zero knowledge, so if you can read Hebrew, you can skim the first few chapters. The Lexicon, on the other hand, isn't meant as a textbook itself, but rather is useful for looking up the occasional unfamiliar word while reading through the Tanakh in Hebrew.
What kind of seminary? Either way I appreciate your help and will check out those books you mention. How much of basics do I need to know before those books are helpful? I can read Hebrew, does that count?