Hebrew verbs are modified in a way in which English verbs are not. There are several forms which a verb can take, these are given names taken from their sound in a paradigm verb: qal, niphal, hiphil, piel, pual, hithpael... Often the change of meaning between binyan follows a regular pattern, as in the diagram. However, often the relationship between two binyan of the same root is not this simple!
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