45 Nominal Groups: Construct Connections
That two (or more) nominals belong closely together is expressed in Hebrew through a construct connection.1
Both words form a unit of speech and unit of meaning. The last word, which is in the status absolutus, carries the full accent and determines the meaning of the whole. The meaning of the opening word, which is in the status constructus, limits it.2 The following are at one’s disposal for the translation of construct connections into German: genitive attributes, compound nominals, and prepositional attributes (in detail → § 45.4).
The connection is so close that the last word determines the definiteness of or for those that precede as well.
If the nominal in the status absolutus has an article or is otherwise made definite,3 namely through a suffix (b) or as a proper name (c), then with this the nominal in the status constructus is also made definite. ← 149 | 150 →
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