The furtive patah appears when a guttural ה, ח, or ע stands at the end of a word after any vowel other than [a/ā]. The furtive patah is an exception to the general rules of Hebrew vowel writing because it marks a vowel that is actually pronounced before the letter under which it is written: לוּחַ [lúah], הִשְׁמִיעַ [hišmía']. The furtive patah is a 'glide' that eases the transition from the vowels that are pronounced in the oral cavity to the guttural consonants that are pronounced in the throat.
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