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Comparative Clause: Rabbinic Hebrew
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Comparative sentences express equality or similarity, usually by means of a subordinate clause. The comparative component is introduced by certain lexical items, which may be (a) prepositions: -כ ke- ‘like, as’, (-כמו/כמות (ש kemo/kemot (še-) ‘like, as’ (the complementizer -ש še- ‘that’ is used to introduce a clause); or (b) prepositional phrases consisting of the preposition -כ ke- ‘as’ followed by a participle or noun, e.g., -כיוצא ב kay-yoṣe be- ‘like (lit. ‘as it goes out in’)’, -כשם ש ke-šem še- ‘just as’, -כדרך ש ke-dereḵ še- ‘in a similar way’, -כעניין ש ke-ʿinyan še- ‘in a simila…

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Azar, Moshe, “Comparative Clause: Rabbinic Hebrew”, in: Encyclopedia of Hebrew Language and Linguistics, Edited by: Geoffrey Khan. Consulted online on 24 September 2023 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/2212-4241_ehll_EHLL_COM_00000047>
First published online: 2013
First print edition: 9789004176423

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