I mentioned that "you can have more than two nouns". and I mentioned that that definition of that it's for 2+ nouns, doesn't cover cases where it isn't. And I mentioned that it can be a noun with suffix, or a noun followed by VSO(verb subject object).
Reading what you wrote I did not fully grasp what "have" means here. It seemed to me (am I right?) that the question is not what we have, but what is it. So, the first thing to come to my mind was the "simplest" case of two nouns, one at the heel of the other, and I, then and there, recalled that this סמוּכים
pair are nothing but one name consisting of two nouns. The newly coined name, the two bound names, are naturally chosen to reflect the nature or function of the thing so named.
Take for example the new useful compound Hebrew name בּוֹרֶג עֵץ
consisting of the noun בּוֹרֶג
, 'screw', followed by the noun עֵץ
, 'wood', in speech BOREGETZ. It is the name of a well defined thing: a threaded, short, slender and tapered piece of round metal, used, by force turning, to pierce and penetrate soft wood, holding itself tightly in place.
If you go into a Hebrew speaking hardware store and declareאני צריך בורג עץ מספר 6
(brass, phillips head)
the store owner, who possibly has never heard about grammatical סמיכות
, will go and presto fetch you the right thing.
Things may become more abstract and mysterious. In Gen. 1:2 we readוְהָאָרֶץ הָיְתָה תֹהוּ וָבֹהוּ וְחֹשֶׁךְ עַל פְּנֵי תְהוֹם וְרוּחַ אֱלֹהִים מְרַחֶפֶת עַל פְּנֵי הַמָּיִם
KJV: " And the earth was without form, and void; and darkness was upon the face of the deep. And the Spirit of God moved upon the face of the waters"
And I mentioned that it can be a noun with suffix, or a noun followed by VSO(verb subject object).
Thinking about a complex phenomenon it is best, I believe, to first look at the obvious cases, and only then at the less obvious cases. I would really really love to hear any criticism or misgivings you have on what I have just said. I would also love to confront any more complex examples (more than two nouns, a noun with suffix, or a noun followed by VSO(verb subject object)), that you might bring up.
Isaac Fried, Boston University