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.. _number_dual:
Number Dual
The dual form of a term usually refers to a pair of items.
:ref:`Nouns<noun>` change their form according to their number, either :ref:`singular<number_singular>`,
dual, or :ref:`plural<number_plural>`. The dual ending does not only mean "two" but usually refers to a pair of something,
such as עֵינַ֥יִם (two eyes) or אָזְנַ֣יִם (two ears).
.. note:: Dual nouns always take :ref:`adjectives<adjective>` with a :ref:`plural<number_plural>` ending, not a dual ending.
Both :ref:`masculine<gender_masculine>` and :ref:`feminine<gender_feminine>` terms take the same dual ending,
־ַיִם (pathah-yod-hireq-final mem).
.. csv-table:: Dual Paradigm
Masculine dual absolute,אָזְנַיִם,'aznayim,(both) ears
Masculine dual construct,אָזְנֵי,'azney,(both) ears of
Female dual absolute,יָדַיִם,yadayim,(both) hands
Feminine dual construct,יְדֵי,yede,(both) hands of
.. csv-table:: Example: DEU 29:4 (DEU 29:3 in Hebrew)
ְלֹֽא־נָתַן֩ יְהוָ֨ה לָכֶ֥ם לֵב֙ לָדַ֔עַת **וְעֵינַ֥יִם** לִרְא֖וֹת
**וְאָזְנַ֣יִם** לִשְׁמֹ֑עַ"
"welo-nathan yehwah lakhem lev lada'ath **we'enayim** lir'oth
**we'oznayim** lishmoa'"
"And-not\_has-given Yahweh to-them heart to-know **and-eyes** to-see
**and-ears** to hear."
"Yahweh has not given you a heart to know, **eyes** to see **or ears**
to hear."