אשר

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Hebrew[edit]

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Pronunciation[edit]

Conjunction[edit]

אֲשֶׁר ('ashér)

  1. A relativizer, used to introduce a relative clause.

Usage notes[edit]

  • This conjunction is somewhat archaic, but still sees use in formal writing. Its less formal counterpart is שֶׁ־ (she-).
  • אֲשֶׁר as a conjunction is a relativizer, which is something Standard English doesn't have. It functions somewhat like a relative pronoun, but an additional pronoun (called a resumptive pronoun) remains inside the relative clause. This can happen in English as well, when the internal structure of the clause prevents the internal pronoun from being dropped, but whereas in English it's somewhat rare and normally considered an error, in Hebrew it's quite common and quite standard. Specifically, in Hebrew the internal pronoun cannot be dropped when it's the object of a preposition.

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Pronoun[edit]

אֲשֶׁר ('ashér)

  1. That, which, who, whom: a relative pronoun, used to introduce a relative clause.

Usage notes[edit]

  • This pronoun is somewhat archaic, but still sees use in formal writing. Its less formal counterpart is שֶׁ־ (she-).
  • As noted above, אֲשֶׁר serves in some cases as a conjunction rather than as a pronoun.

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