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Hebrew - Suffixes - the feminine

Feminine nouns

By default nouns are masculine. By adding -âh they are usually feminine. To distinguish between these and the occasional masculine nouns ending -âh, the feminine are accented on this syllable whereas the masculine are accented elsewhere. Sometimes an older feminine ending ath or eth may be seen.
na-chath (quiet, rest)
bath (daughter)
da‘ath (knowledge)
’iysh (man) ... ’ish-shâh (woman)
melech (king) ... mal'kâh (queen)

An adjective agreeing with the noun takes the appropriate gender ending, regardless of the ending of the noun which as noted above is not always reliable, eg.

’ish-shâh tôwbhâh (a good woman)

Feminine verbs

The basic verb form is the 3rd person masculine singular perfect (eg "he did"). To derive the feminine form add -âh, and shorten the vowel under the second consonant (ie between the second and third) to sheva’.
’âmar (he said) ... ’âm'râh (she said)
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