Tdm-LI-in, they are heard); t~m-tw-f, he is heard; tdm-n-f, he heard Ldm-n-tw-f, he was heard; also, tdm-ln-f, t~m-11r-f, -fdm-k,-f.
.fdm-f seems rather to be imperfect, tdin-n-f perfect, and generally to express the past.
With fdm-f (tedmo-f) was a more emphatic form (esdomef), at any rate in the weak verbs.
The above, with the relative forms mentioned below, are supposed by Erman to be derived from the participle, which is placed first for emphasis: thus, t~mw tIn, hearing is the king; 1dm-f, for fdm-fy, hearing he is.
In the third place, some signs may be transferred to express another root having the same consonants as the first: thus ~, the ear, by a play upon words can express not only .f4m, hear, but also fdm, paint the eyes.