polel

Sharjeel72

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English
Hi,

When you have a hollow verb like q-w-m or k-w-n and you want to put it in pi'el, you use polel instead. But why do some non-hollow verbs do this too? Like לְרוֹקֵן and לסובב‎?

Thanks
 
  • Drink

    Senior Member
    English - New England, Russian - Moscow
    רוקן is an exception.

    סובב is not an exception, but rather part of the rule. In Biblical Hebrew, it was common to do this not only for hollow, but also geminate verbs. Nowadays it is no longer common for new coinages, but survives in older words like סובב and התבודד.
     
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