inflection (of Verbs)

While English uses pronouns to indicate who is performing the action that a verb describe, Hebrew verbs are "inflected", changed in other ways to indicate the subject. So usually Hebrew does not need to use a separate pronoun for the subject of a sentence.

Language also inflects verbs to make other distinctions, for example English indicates the time of an action by inflecting the verb: "he will go" vs. "he goes" or "he went". The Hebrew verbal system here too expresses different distinctions.


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