Notes by Autumn Light

On Hebrew, English, translation, editing, and more—by Jonathan Orr-Stav

Why is the word “and” in Hebrew sometimes expressed as a “v” sound and sometimes as an “ooh” sound?

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(My answer to this question at

The rule is that the consonantal vav turns into a shuruq (/u/) before the consonants b, v, m, and p (בומפ), or before any consonant starting with a shva (except yod).

Like most rules in languages, the real reason is that it sounds better.



Author: יונתן אור-סתיו | Jonathan Orr-Stav

Hebrew-English translator, editor, author. מתרגם עברית–אנגלית, עורך באנגלית, וסופר.

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