28 Nominal Forms of the Verb
The Hebrew verb has two infinitive forms in all stems: the infinitivus absolutus (inf a) and the infinitivus constructus (inf c). In order to avoid unwieldy Latin expressions, in this grammar the infinitivus constructus is denoted simply as “infinitive,” the infinitivus absolutus as “infinitive absolute.”1
The infinitive absolute
1. stands isolated in the clause (lat. absolutus = removed),
2. cannot be connected to suffixes and prepositions, and
3. introduces only the meaning of the verb into the clause (details on use → §§ 49.2 and 50.4).
In the Qal, the form belongs to the perfect class (→ § 24.2). The vowels do not change.
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