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Gesenius' Hebrew Grammar/162. Disjunctive Sentences

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§162. Disjunctive Sentences.

162a The introduction of another possible case, excluding that which preceded, is effected by אוֹ or, e.g. Ex 2136, equivalent to the Latin vel; but also equivalent to aut with an exclusive antithesis, 2 K 216; so Is 275 אוֹ= it would then happen that, for which elsewhere אוֹ כִי.

162b In the sense of sive—sive we find אוֹאוֹ, or אִםאִם, or וְאִםאִם (see the examples in the Lexicon), also וְוְ Lv 53, Nu 914, Dt 247, Is 213 ff., Jer 3220, ψ 767, Jb 3429, perhaps also Ex 2116 (but not Pr 299; cf. Delitzsch on the passage), and לְלְ (see §143e); cf. also גַּםגַּם (in Gn 2444 וְגַםגַּם) both—and; but גַּם לֹאגַּם לֹא (in Gn 2126 וְגַם לֹאוְגַם לֹא; Zp 118 גַּם ... לֹאגַּם) neither—nor. On disjunctive questions, see §150g.