Dual Forms

Dual Forms

The word שְׁבוּעַיִים (shvu’ayim) means two weeks.
Whenever you see the suffix יִים – you know that you have encountered a Dual Form.

Therefore the word שְׁבוּעַיִים describes something double.
This Dual Form is unique to Hebrew and other Semitic languages and can be used with many words.
Here are some other examples of the Dual Form:

עַיִן
(ayin) eye
עֵינַיִים
(einayim) eyes
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אוֹזֶן
(ozen) ear
אוֹזְנַיִים
(oznayim) ears
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שָׂפָה
(safa) lip
שְׂפָתַיִים
(s’fatayim) lips
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רֶגֶל
(regel) leg
רַגְלַיִים
(raglayim) legs
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אוֹפָן
(ofan) wheel –
אוֹפַנַיִים
(ofanayim) bicycle

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