29 The Derived Stems of the Verb
Through regular change of the base stem’s form, the meaning of a verb can be modified.1
Seven derived stems (stem modifications, Binyanim, conjugations) are used most frequently. Stems that only appear occasionally are referred to on a case by case basis (→ e.g. §§ 39.6, 41.8, 42.8).
All seven stems are not supported for every root. As a result, the lexicon only gives information for each one that exists. In principle, all verb forms can appear in each stem. The passive stems Pu‘al and Hof‘al have no imperatives.
29.3 The Names of the Stems
The base stem is called Qal (hebr. קַל “simple”). The names of the remaining stems are derived from the verb פעל “to do”: The form of פעל in the 3ms AC of the stem in question serves as its name.
Nif‘al — נִפְעַל
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