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Rava in masheches megillah 7b famously said that one is obligated to drink until he cannot differentiate between Haman and Mordechai. My question is: Rava used the loshon of מיחייב instead of חייב. Is this change teaching us something, or do they mean the same exact thing?

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    Why do you consider this as "instead" (why do you expect "חייב"?). The word "מיחייב" appears many times throughout the talmud, just like "חייב", and they both mean the same thing. One can say that "מיחייב" is the passive tense, like "מחויב אדם", but the two tenses are used interchangeably. – Cauthon Mar 23 '16 at 9:52
  • @Cauthon consider posting that as an answer. – mevaqesh Jan 3 '18 at 4:16

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