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Does Hebrew ever give masculine modifiers to grammatically feminine subjects? (Yes or No - and where). For example, "Julie gave money [he gave]". I'm just wondering if this exists, as I just discovered that groups of people can be given singular masculine verbs if they "act in unity" which seems to "break" standard grammatical rules. I learned this from another stackexchange article:

Why is a singular verb used to describe both Moses and Aaron?

I can't read Hebrew, which is why I'm seeing if anyone has run across this, or knows where to check. I can check the grammar if someone tells me where to look.

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    I'm voting to close this question as off-topic because it is a question about the Hebrew language as opposed to a specific Bible passage. However, please consider joining the Hebrew SE proposal where the question would be on topic (and very good).
    – ThaddeusB
    Nov 13 '15 at 4:21
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    Gesenius: Agreement between the Members of a Sentence
    – Susan
    Nov 13 '15 at 7:38
  • Susan, that is a fantastic link. This is what I found: "—So feminine forms with a masculine meaning are construed with a masculine predicate, e.g. Ec 129 הָיָה קֹהֶ֫לֶת חָכָם‎ the preacher was wise." It led me to this article and I'm trying to see if I can get it. jstor.org/stable/3262325 Masculine Predicates with Feminine Subjects in the Hebrew Bible Mayer G. Slonim Journal of Biblical Literature Vol. 63, No. 3 (Sep., 1944), pp. 297-302 Thank you. Nov 15 '15 at 8:00

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