Search for Just the Root Word

Today’s guest post is from Morris Proctor, certified and authorized trainer for Logos Bible Software. Morris has trained thousands of Logos users at his two-day Camp Logos training seminars.

When you execute a search on a word like bless you’ll also receive hits on the various forms of the word like blessed, blessing and blessings. This feature is called stemming. If you just want to locate a word without the forms you must type nostem and then your word in parenthesis. For example, to find just the word bless, type this in the search box: nostem(bless).

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  1. theologien says

    so, how do you do this with greek or hebrew vocabulary?

  2. Phil Gons says

    You can do this from the right-click menu in a Greek or Hebrew Bible with morphological tagging by hovering on “Selected Text” and then selecting either the lemma (i.e., root word) or the form. You can also do this via the Greek and Hebrew Morphological Bible searches.
    Check out the videos on the morph searching on our videos page.
    Hope this helps.