35 Weak Verbs with Alef as the 1st Radical (פ״א verbs)
Only 8 verbs with Alef (א) as the 1st radical have weak forms: דבא “to destroy,” הבא “to want,” לכא “to eat,” רמא “to say,” הפא “to bake,” בהא “to love,”1 זחא “to grasp,” ףסא “to gather.” The last three form strong and weak forms.
א״פ weak forms appear only in the Qal imperfect, also in the infinitive with רמא. The analysis of the weak forms is not difficult: the Alef is almost always written.2
Overview of Qal PC
The 1st radical א quiesces (is silent). Long o3 stands in the preformative syllable that is now open. The imperfect vowel o (< u) is replaced through one of the other imperfect vowels (a or e). In the form of the 1st person singular, after the preformative consonant א, the א of the root is only written once.
You are not authenticated to view the full text of this chapter or article.
This site requires a subscription or purchase to access the full text of books or journals.
Do you have any questions? Contact us.Or login to access all content.