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Frequently, in Tanac"h, the 3rd person female plural uses an end nun with a kamatz ןָ rather than nun-heh נָה.

Is there any reasoning of preference of one usage vs. the other?

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    I count 3 instances of ןָ in Ruth. What is your assessment based on? Did you search through Tanakh? – Double AA Mar 12 '18 at 15:30
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    A quick count gives 45 with נָה and 26 with ןָ in the Torah (I could be off by a few). Also, of the more than 200 in נ״ך, there are (I count) 13 with ןָ. – magicker72 Mar 12 '18 at 16:08
  • @magick is there a particular word that it shows up on that comes up a lot in the same story in Genesis for instance? – Double AA Mar 12 '18 at 16:30
  • @DoubleAA From the Torah, nine of them come from תהיין, and 8 of those are from Gen/Ex (and mostly Ex 25-28) (the outlier is Deut 21:15; תהיינה appears 10 times in Torah, all in Lev and Num). Two are ותשקין (Gen 19), two are ותשתחוין (Gen 33, 37), and two are ותאמרן (Ex 1-2), while the rest are isolated occurrences. – magicker72 Mar 12 '18 at 16:45
  • Why ךָ instead of כָה? – ezra Mar 12 '18 at 22:52

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