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Conditional Clause: Biblical Hebrew
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A conditional clause indicates circumstances under which another clause is true or occurs. It is the ‘if’ part of an ‘if-then’ statement.

For example, consider the sentence, “If you study, then you will learn”. The ‘if’ part, “if you study”, is the conditional clause (also called the protasis). The ‘then’ part, “then you will learn”, is called the apodosis. It is worth noting that the entire ‘if-then’ sentence is called a ‘conditional sentence’, which is not to be confused with the ‘conditional clause’ (which consists of the ‘if’ part alone).

Conditional clauses can be classified as …

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Beckman, John C., “Conditional Clause: Biblical Hebrew”, in: Encyclopedia of Hebrew Language and Linguistics, Edited by: Geoffrey Khan. Consulted online on 19 August 2022 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/2212-4241_ehll_EHLL_COM_00000094>
First published online: 2013
First print edition: 9789004176423

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