53 Orientation in the Meaning Structure of Texts—Organizing Particles
53.1 The Conjunction וְ (Waw copulativum)
The conjunction וְ is specified the least in its meaning. It has a great deal more range of meaning than German “und” [or the English “and”].
Just like the German “und,” וְ can also connect parts of a text (words, groups of words, clauses) in the same way of simply stringing together.
However, most of the time, the further range of meaning of וְ is considered, above all when the statements connected through וְ are not of the same kind (b) or stand entirely in contrast to one another. Particularly between clauses, the meaning of וְ must be determined from the content of the clauses.
Rule of Thumb
As a rule of thumb, the following is valid: וְ binds before a verb; וְ separates before a non-verb.
Waw before Nominal Clauses
The unspecified combination through וְ is common above all then when nominal clauses are embedded in a structure of verbal clauses.
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