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Negation: Modern Hebrew
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1. Sentence Negation

Sentence negation in Modern Hebrew is syntactic, chiefly using one of three negators, אל ʾal, לא lo and אין ʾen. (a) For negative 2nd person commands, the canonical form is the particle אל ʾal with the bare future tense, e.g., אל תזוז ʾal tazuz ‘don’t move’; the imperative form is not available in the negative. Formal style also uses אל ʾal in 1st and 3rd person commands, e.g., אל נשכח ʾal niškax̱ ‘let us n…

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Glinert, Lewis, “Negation: Modern Hebrew”, in: Encyclopedia of Hebrew Language and Linguistics, Edited by: Geoffrey Khan. Consulted online on 09 December 2023 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/2212-4241_ehll_EHLL_COM_00000318>
First published online: 2013
First print edition: 9789004176423

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