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Telling the Time in Arabic Posted by on Sep 29, 2009

What is the time? كم الساعة؟ It is half past ten الساعة العاشرة والنصف Telling the time in Arabic is very easy. We use ordinal numbers with hours, except one o’clock, as follows: One O’clock الساعة الواحدة Two O’clock الساعة الثانية Three O’clock الساعة الثالثة Four O’clock الساعة الرابعة Five O’clock الساعة الخامسة Six O’clock…

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Practice Dual and Plural Agreement – Answers Posted by on Sep 24, 2009

I hope you have had a chance to practice changing the sentences in the previous post into dual and then into plural. In this post, I provide the answers to the exercise set in the previous post. You can check your answers against the sentences below. Dual 1. هذان هما المهندسان المصريان اللذان يعملان في…

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Practice Dual and Plural Agreement Posted by on Sep 21, 2009

In this post, I offer you a chance to practice much of the knowledge you have about dual and plural agreement and to practice the information presented earlier about agreement and about the case marking system. Today, you are asked to change the sentences below into dual, and then to change the same sentences into…

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Eid Al-Fitr Posted by on Sep 19, 2009

Today is the last day of the month of Ramadan (رمضان), the best and most important month for Muslims. At the end of the holy month of fasting (الصوم) and worship (العبادة), Muslims have a special feast called (عيد الفطر). It marks the end of Ramadan and lasts for 3 days. It starts on the…

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Arabic Vocabulary Around the House: In the Bedroom Posted by on Sep 15, 2009

In this post, I give some vocabulary items and expressions that one can use to talk about one’s room. Words between brackets are the plurals. Some of these words are used in sentences below: Room غرفة (غرف) Bedroom غرفة نوم Window نافذة (نوافذ) Door باب (أبواب) Floor أرضية (أرضيات) Wall حائط (حوائط) Ceiling سقف (أسقف)…

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Arabic Adverbs (Part 3) Posted by on Sep 12, 2009

In the previous posts, I explained different types of adverbials in Arabic, including words that mainly function as adverbs like (جداً); adverbs that are derived from adjectives, e.g. قليلاًderived from قليل“little”; adverbs that are formed by the preposition (ب) and the verbal noun like (بكثرة) “a lot”, adverbs that are derived from active participle (اسم…

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Arabic Adverbs (Part 2) Posted by on Sep 9, 2009

In the previous post, I explained that adverbs describe verbs, and that we can derive adverbs from verbs, e.g. كثيراًis derived from كثير“much”. In this post, I present 2 constructions that are used as adverbs in Arabic. The first one is a prepositional phrase. If we use the preposition (ب) followed by the verbal noun…

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