etymology 1 From בְּ- 〈bĕ̇-〉 and מְקוֹם 〈mĕqwòm〉. pronunciation
- Instead of, in lieu of, in place of.
etymology 2 From the above preposition. pronunciation
- (colloquial) Instead.
- While this adverb does exist, it's fairly colloquial, and rather limited in use; it can generally only be used at the end of a sentence. So, in the general case, the English adjective and adverb instead does not have an immediate Hebrew counterpart; rather, a phrase like במקומו 〈bmqwmw〉 or must be used.
- Note that this adverb is pronounced differently from the preposition from which it derives; specifically, it is stressed on the first syllable rather than the last.
etymology 3 From בְּ- 〈bĕ̇-〉 and הַמָּקוֹם 〈hamá̇qwòm〉.
- In place, in its place, in order.
- Syntactically, בַּמָּקוֹם 〈bȧmá̇qwòm〉 is a prepositional phrase, not a true adjective; so, it does not inflect for gender or number.