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Hebrew Infinitives

I am learning Hebrew currently, and noticed that many verbs conjugate differently. I picked up on some patterns. If a verb for male is eh, (roEH), it will be roAH for female. If a verb ends in A, like ba, it is ba'a for female. Things like this are simple to understand and figure out. Another example is when a verb ends in v (ohev) for male: it turns into ohevET (always add ET). Are there rules like this somewhere online so that I can actually learn them correctly? I am trying to learn the rules for present, past, and future infinitives (turn "I see" into "to see"). Please help me wrap my head around this. I am also trying to figure out conjugation for things like "we see" based on verb endings...does anybody have anything helpful?

Thanks!

February 15, 2018

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https://www.duolingo.com/MissSpells

Have you looked at the tips and notes? The tips and notes for Hebrew are pretty good.

February 15, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/ElizabethS746001

and those tips and notes are under each skill for the lessons of that skill. Just keep scrolling down when you get to the list of lessons online.. :)

February 15, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/ShoshanetMayyim

After reading those tips and notes, enough lessons and reviews should reveal the patterns. I didn't used to understand the roots much, but I finally got to Past verbs and it was like wow I understand that a lot better

February 17, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/ReggevLivn

If the third root letter is ה, (ex. ר.צ.ה, ר.א.ה, ב.כ.ה) then it turns the e into an a when feminizing. For example, רואה- ro'e in male, ro'a in female.

In every other case, use the "et" ending for feminizing.

These special cases are due to the half-consonant half-vowel nature of these letters. Don't feel bad if it feels hard - these are the kind of things that gives Israeli students headaches in 12th grade Hebrew (though they are able to speak correctly)

February 17, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/radagastthebrown

I think pealim.com is a good place to check the conjugation of verbs, for example, the verb "to see" that you mentioned; it also gives some information about the irregularities - in this case that the last letter disappears in some conjugations, and that the middle letter is guttural.

February 18, 2018

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