Now that we have learned about the perfect, imperfect and sequentials, it is time to add on another dimension and expand these concepts out to all seven verb stems. You will recall that a Hebrew verb stem is a sort of template into which the root is inserted. It is because of this template nature that we can learn a small handful of forms (the strong form, plus a few weak forms) and know what other qal verbs should look like. We just take that model paradigm and insert the new root.
To this point, we have only examined the perfect and imperfect forms of the qal stem. “Qal” means easy because this stem is typically used to express the simplest sense of the word’s base meaning. The rest of the stem names come from their form, based on the root פָּעַל. This is extremely helpful since it means that if you know the name of the stem, then you already know the qal perfect 3ms form.