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prefix form

Prefix forms are distinguished by the fact that they conjugate by adding prefixes, as opposed to affix forms which add suffixes.  See the charts in the back of KHW page 432.

Prefix forms are translated into English using the future tense.  However, the prefix form will usually have a vav-conversive attached in which case it is translated as a simple past tense.

Note: some grammars use different terminology.  They refer to prefix forms of the verbs as imperfects or YQTLs.  The videos below explain the syntax of the prefix form.

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