27 The Forms of the Afformative Conjugation
Two tenses are derived from the forms of the afformative conjugation (AC). The perfect is a past-time tense in narrative texts and other texts. The perfect consecutive is a non past-time tense and appears above all in discourse texts. All German equivalents cannot all in all be cited. They depend on the context (→ § 48).
The personal forms are distinguished through added endings (afformatives). Only the form of the 3rd person, masculine, singular (3ms) appears without an ending. The afformatives are derived in part from personal pronouns,1 in part from nominal endings.
27.3 The Forms in the Basic Stem (Qal)
Characteristic for the Qal is the long a (pre-tone Qámes → § 10.1) with the 1st radical, which appears in most of the forms.
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