A: Generally in Hebrew, active/passive forms are part of the structure -
There are 3 "active" structures (pa'al, pi'el and hif'il), 3 "passive" structures (nif'al, pu'al and huf'al), and one "self-inflicted" structure
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One of the two or three things I find myself doing more often than most people is contemplating suffixes and participles. This can only be a result of the dead-language studies that turned me into the Titan of Industry you know and love today. Back when I was a teacher I would make wild proclamations to my students–quotable tidbits of 8:30-a.m., no-sleep, humanities-nerd wisdom like “Words will define themselves for you if you let them.” And for the most part that’s true, especially in the artificial world of scientific terminology, which follows a creationist linguistic model rather than an evolutionary one.
But it was precisely because of my etymological passion that I was kind of useless at teaching that class. Somewhat reasonably, I was expected to follow the textbook and say things like “As the textbook indicates, - al My students never, ever noticed this type of shit, but
My students never, ever noticed this type of shit, but