What rule governs the nekuda under the words אֶת and אֵת in Megillas Ester? In Ashkenazi pronunciation this makes a difference because the first is read as "Es" and the second is read as "Eys."

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    Any reason to think that Megillah Esther is different from the rest of Tanach? – Joel K Jun 3 '18 at 18:33

If the word את has its own Taam (trop) then it will be אֵת - with צירי- But if it has no taam of its own, and is connected to the following word with a makaf (hyphen) then it will be אֶת - with a סגול.

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    +1 Although this does invite the logical follow-up question. In which cases does the את get its own ta’am, and when does it not? – Joel K Jun 3 '18 at 18:41
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    How do you know it's not the reverse? – Alex Jun 3 '18 at 19:29
  • @Alex look through the Torah and you will see so: בְּרֵאשִׁ֖ית בָּרָ֣א אֱלֹהִ֑ים אֵ֥ת הַשָּׁמַ֖יִם וְאֵ֥ת הָאָֽרֶץ as opposed to: וַיַּ֧רְא אֱלֹהִ֛ים אֶת־הָא֖וֹר כִּי־ט֑וֹב וַיַּבְדֵּ֣ל אֱלֹהִ֔ים בֵּ֥ין הָא֖וֹר וּבֵ֥ין הַחֹֽשֶׁךְ׃ - and so on for the rest of Tanach. – RibbisRabbiAndMore Jun 4 '18 at 3:52
  • @RibbisRabbiAndMore That's not what I meant by reverse. I meant how do you know the ta'am causes the pronunciation and not the pronunciation causes the ta'am? – Alex Jun 4 '18 at 4:39
  • @Alex In the laws of dikduk the nikud is often affected by the taam. Taamim have to do with the context and are not governed by pronunciation. – RibbisRabbiAndMore Jun 4 '18 at 7:31

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