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The instances in chapter 2 are the regular noun, meaning “maidens”. In chapter 4, the word is in the construct state, meaning “maidens of”. This is denoted by the alternative vowelization.


When נערות is in construct state it has a patach instead of a sh'va and would mean "maidens of" instead of just "maidens".


Baruch Hashem, I'm not alone. This question is addressed by various sources, all brought in Ma Shehaya Hu Sheyihyeh Shir HaShirim II 5:3 fn. 8 by Rabbi Eliyahu Wolf from Yeshivas Ner Yisroel, Baltimore. He brings as follows: Birkas Aharon Berachos § 268 by Rav Aharon Levine asks this question, as well on how parshas Kedoshim ends. He leaves it as צ"ע. ...

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