Verb Tense

Hebrew has two main verb tenses:

The perfect tense describes completed action.

  • Normally ‘completed’ action is in the past.
  • However, sometimes the prophets use the perfect tense to describe future prophecies.

The imperfect tense describes action as incomplete.

  • Normally ‘incomplete’ events are future.
  • But occasionally the imperfect could be used for past or present events.

2 Responses

  1. I like rules that have exceptions. They make perfect sense

  2. That is the funny thing about languages, almost all rules in languages have exceptions

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