הוא

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Aramaic[edit]

Etymology 1[edit]

Pronoun[edit]

הוּא (m sg (feminine singular הִיא)

  1. he, it
  2. (copulative) (he/it) is

Synonyms[edit]

  • (he/it): איהו (ʾīhū) (Jewish Babylonian Aramaic)
  • (is): ניהו (nīhū) (Jewish Babylonian Aramaic)

Determiner[edit]

הוּא (m sg (feminine singular הִיא)

  1. that (distal)

Etymology 2[edit]

Verb[edit]

הֲוָא (hăwā)

  1. to be, to exist
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Hebrew[edit]

Etymology 1[edit]

Pronunciation[edit]

Pronoun[edit]

הוּא (hum sg

  1. (personal) he, it
  2. Used as a copula: is.
Usage notes[edit]
  • The received text of the Bible (the Masoretic Text) has many instances where the normally-masculine spelling הוא is used in a context where a feminine form is expected. The Masoretic tradition says to use the feminine pronunciation /hi/, normally spelled הִיא, in these cases. To indicate this pronunciation, it is written with the vowel diacritics of הִיא: ‎ הִוא. This is one of a few examples of a qere perpetuum in the Masoretic Text.
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Pronoun[edit]

הִוא (hif sg

  1. (Biblical Hebrew) Archaic spelling of הִיא.

Etymology 2[edit]

From הָוָה (havá, to be).

Verb[edit]

הֱוֵא (hevé)

  1. (rare) Be: used as an imperative.
    • Job 37:6, with translation of the King James Version:
      כִּי לַשֶּׁלַג ׀ יֹאמַר הֱוֵא אָרֶץ וְגֶשֶׁם מָטָר וְגֶשֶׁם מִטְרוֹת עֻזּוֹ׃‏
      ki lashélag yomár hevé áretz v'géshem matár v'géshem mitrót uzó.
      For he saith to the snow, Be thou on the earth; likewise to the small rain, and to the great rain of his strength.
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