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The Arabic Imperative (Part 4) Posted by on Nov 30, 2009

In this post, I explain the imperative (الأمر) of verb forms VII, VIII and X. In these three verb forms, the imperative is expressed by changing the voweling of the verb so that a short i (كسرة) is placed on the letter before last, as follows: Form VII(انفعل) اِنْتَظَر (wait) اِنْشَغَل (keep busy) أنتَ اِنْتَظِرْ…

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The Arabic Imperative (Part 3) Posted by on Nov 28, 2009

In this post, I explain the imperative (الأمر) with verb forms V (تفعَّل) and VI (تفاعل). In these two verb forms, the imperative does not involve changing the internal voweling of the verb; therefore, the imperative is expressed as follows: Form V (تفعَّل) تَحَرَّك(move) تَنَقَّل (move around) تَوَقَّف (stop) أنتَ تَحَرَّكْ تَنَقَّلْ تَوَقَّفْ أنتِ تَحَرَّكي…

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The Arabic Imperative (Part 2) Posted by on Nov 25, 2009

In this post, I explain the imperative (الأمر) with verb forms II – IV. In these three verb forms, the imperative is expressed by changing the voweling of the verb so that a short i (كسرة) is placed on the letter before last, as follows: Form II (فعَّل) شجَّع(encourage) كَسَّر (break) رَتَّب (arrange) أنتَ شَجِّعْ…

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The Arabic Imperative (Part 1) Posted by on Nov 23, 2009

The imperative (الأمر) is used to make orders. It is addressed to a person or persons; therefore, verbs are conjugated with second person pronouns only, i.e. ‘you’ (أنتَ – أنتِ – أنتما – أنتم – أنتن). Verbs that contain three letters follow the pattern (افعلْ) and take the appropriate endings according to gender and number…

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Arabic Vocabulary: Fruit Posted by on Nov 17, 2009

In this post, I give a list of words related to fruits. In future posts, I will give more lists related to other types of food, like vegetables, bakery, sweets, etc. I hope you learn them and find them useful. فَاكِهة fruit تُفَّاح apple بُرتُقال orange مَوز banana كُمِّثرى pear بَلَح date مِشمِش apricot خوخ…

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Ibn Khaldoun Posted by on Nov 14, 2009

Ibn Khaldoun (ابن خلدون) is a famous medieval Islamic historian and scholar who was born in Tunis in 1332 AD/732 AH, and who travelled extensively. He is a famous historian, sociologist, philosopher, among others. He was born to a rich and well-educated family of politicians and scholars, with ancestry in Andalusia. In his childhood, he…

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verb to ‘be’ Posted by on Nov 9, 2009

English sentences that are expressed using verb to be are often translated into nominal sentences in Arabic, and verb to be does not appear at all in the present timeframe, e.g. “I am a student” is translated into (أنا طالبة); and “she is young” is translated into (هي صغيرة). When talking about the past or…

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