Hebrew Language/Genes 4:1

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Inbar,

Is there a difference between vav consequential and vav circumstantial?

And what vav starts Genesis 4:1?

Thanks again, Scott

Answer
In Hebrew we usually differentiate just between two types of Vav - Vav Hakhiboor ("connection" Vav, probably can be also translated to Vav consequential) and Vav Hahipukh ("turning" Vav - the one that turns past to future and vice verse).

Because of the difference between Hebrew and English grammar, you can also add to the list "Vav circumstantial", that describes a circumstantial connection, usually between two parts of a sentence, and can be translated to "while", "when", "since", "because", "with", depending on the context, But in Hebrew this is still called "Vav hakhiboor").

וְהָאָדָם,
Vav Hakhiboor

יָדַע אֶת-חַוָּה אִשְׁתּוֹ;
וַתַּהַר,
Vav Hahipukh

וַתֵּלֶד אֶת-קַיִן,
Vav Hahipukh

וַתֹּאמֶר,
Vav Hahipukh

קָנִיתִי אִישׁ אֶת-יְהוָה.

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