them's dualing words, Mar Gilad - Comment - Israel News | Haaretz Daily Newspaper
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    • bentwoode
    • 14.07.13 | 20:55 (IDT)

    First, I know no-one (let alone know two) who pronounces the word of-a-na-IM. Ze lo na-IM to omit the common pronunciation of oh-fa-NA-yim/ More importantly is that.-ayim is not simply a suffix any more than -im or -ot are suffixes. Suffice it to say that the ending is an integral part of Hebrew grammar, just like singular and plural. Just as singular and plural are "numbers" in grammar, so too (pun intended) is "dual". (T dual form can be found in West Semitic as far back as Ugariitic - c. 1300-1200 BCE - and is found in Homeric Greek, an almost-sound-alike form ending in -oin

    from the article: Word of the Day / Ofanaim - Bicycle
    First published 19:44 10.07.13 | Last updated 08:59 10.07.13
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