Late Egyptian forms
Preliminary : the raise of the auxiliary
A. forms which looks like a sDm=f
A.1 prospective sDm=f
Negative form : sDm=f (as a main form) ; sDm (as a subordinate form)
The uses of the prospective sDm=f are the same as in Middle Egyptian.
A.2 perfective sDm=f
Negative form : sDm=f, then =f sDm
For 4-lits and more, the form is always periphrased:
he has beaten me up
note that the verb qnqn, a 4lit, is not in the sDm=f form. Instead, the verb iry is used as
a perfective sDm=f, and the infinitive of qnqn placed as completive, with =i as direct object.
This construction should not be translated #he did my beating, which in good Late Egyptian
would be *iry=f pAy=i qnqn.
This form is the heir of the ME iwsDm.n=f. Like its ancestor, it can't be
used with intransitive verbs (the old perfective is used instead). It can be used both in discourse and narration.
you have abandonned the writings.
(note for "=k")
skm=s Abd.w n ms.w
She finished the monthes of pregnancy.
A.2.1. the old sDm.n=f form
In some texts, most notably monumental royal texts, the sDm.n=f survives a bit longer. It seems that
most sDm.n=f in royal texts are to be understood as emphatic forms.
A.3 i.ir.t=f sDm
B. The First Present
The first present is a rather complex tense. It's the heir of the Middle Egyptian adverbial sentence.
Its general form is :
The specific pronominal preformant for the first present is :
|(defined) nominal phrase |
|present I pronominal preformant |
Confusions between , and are rather usual, and
sholars often transliterate all of them as "se" to indicate the irrelevance of the ending.
The adverbial part may be :
In all cases, the meaning is present, except for the old perfective, which is used as
a perfect tense in discourse, and as a past in narratives, for intransitive verbs (for which
it is used instead of the perfective sDm=f). For transitives verbs, the old perfective has
its usual meaning of resultative-passive.
- an adverb ;
- a preposition + noun group ;
- an old perfective;
- + infinitive;
- + infinitive (for movement verbs).
sw Hr sDm can have all the possible values of a present, and has lost its specific durative
or concomitant aspect.
Note that particles like or, more usually can be found in front of
the first present. They are optional; their absence does not, in contrast to what happens
in Middle Egyptian, denote any exclamative value.
The negation of the first present is + first present.
C. The third future
D. The sequential form
D. The conjunctive
The converters are words, which placed in front of a construction, change some
grammatical feature of this construction. They are only grammatical tools, with
no meaning of their own. In this sense, a conjunction is not a converter, as they add some
Some converters, like existed in Middle Egyptian. What differentiate LE from
ME in this respect is that the number of forms the converters can stand in front of is
The circumstantial converter
The past converter
The relative converter and the relative clauses