from The Century Dictionary.
- In Hebrew grammar, noting exhortation or encouragement.
- noun The cohortative tense.
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- adjective grammar, of a verb Inflected to express plea, insistence, imploring, self-encouragement, wish, desire, intent, command, purpose, or consequence.
- noun grammar The cohortative
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A certain kind of fictionalist might claim that the real meaning of “Stealing is wrong” should be rendered in the cohortative mood (which in English is not grammatically distinguished from imperative): “Let's pretend that stealing is wrong.”
The double cohortative lends an urgency to his words, that make it appear that he is eager to receive the blessing.
Nedhe'ah is cohortative (K.S. 198 b) and really stronger than our translation can readily reproduce, viz.,
Wa'adhabberah is the emphatic cohortative, "would that I might," called also the yaqtul gravatum (K.S. 198 b).
The jussive (tehi) is followed by the cohortative nikhrethah (K.S. 364 g).
Note also how the imperative is followed by the cohortative in the last two verbs (K.S. 364n; G.K. 108 d).
Formally, this is not far from the truth, but it is generally recognized now that there are actually three different PCs: the imperfect (PC1), the preterite (PC2) and the jussive-cohortative (PC3).