25 The Forms of the Preformative Conjugation
The forms of the preformative conjugation (PC) are the most frequent in the text of the Hebrew Bible (ratio of PC to AC 3:2). The imperfect and the narrative tense imperfect consecutive (Narrativ → § 25.4) are built on the forms of the preformative conjugation. In German, we translate the imperfect most of the time with the present, the imperfect consecutive most of the time with preterit (further → § 48).
The personal forms are differentiated through prefixes (preformatives), a few additionally through suffixes (afformatives). The afformatives and the consonants of the preformatives are the same in all stems.
Verb forms are cited in the following order: 3rd—2nd—1st, because the form of the 3rd person is the simplest.1
Preformatives are the consonants:
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