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, 2018 at 18:33

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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, 2018 at 18:41
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    How do you know it's not the reverse?
    – Alex
    Jun 3, 2018 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. Jun 4, 2018 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, 2018 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. Jun 4, 2018 at 7:31