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Answer of exercise on the use of ذو Posted by on Jul 24, 2011

In this post, I present the answers of the exercise presented in my previous post. There are notes at the end of the post to explain the reason for the answers 1-      أحب القصص ذات النهايات السعيدة. I like stories with happy endings. 2-      صديقي ذو الشعر القصير اسمه محمد My short-haired friend is called…

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Some exercises on the use of ذو Posted by on Jul 23, 2011

In my previous post, I explained the use of ذو, and in this post, I present some exercises on the same topic. Please complete the sentences below with the right form. You need to decide on the gender, number and case of the noun the comes before it. 1-      أحب القصص ———— النهايات السعيدة. I…

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(1) Arabic Diacritics (Al-Tashkeel الـتـشـكـيـــل ) Posted by on Jul 23, 2011

        A diacritic التشكيل is an additional mark or sign added to a letter. The term is derived from Greek and means “distinguishing”. Diacritic is both a noun or an adjective whereas diacritical is only an adjective. Diacritical marks may appear above or below a letter or in some other position such as between two…

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The Rosetta Stone حجر رشيد Posted by on Jul 20, 2011

       The Rosetta Stone is an ancient Egyptian basalt stele inscribed with a decree فرمان issued in Memphis منف , Egypt in 196 BC on behalf of King Ptolemy V بطليموس الخامس . The decree appears in three scripts: the upper text is ancient Egyptian Hieroglyphs اللغة الهيروغليفية . The middle portion is Demotic اللغة…

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ذو Posted by on Jul 15, 2011

ذو is a very interesting word in Arabic. It means ‘the owner of’, ‘one who has’ or ‘one with’. It is one of the ‘five nouns’ that are marked in Arabic by long vowels rather than short vowels, so the three cases of ذو are (ذو) nominative, (ذا) accusative and (ذي) genitive. Consider the following…

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Bilingual online dictionary Posted by on Jul 10, 2011

I came across a very useful online dictionary today. It is bilingual and translates words between Arabic and English and also English and Arabic. Please find the URL below: A nice feature of this dictionary is that it provides a list of related words on a right hand side panel which you can click…

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The use of plural relative pronouns Posted by on Jul 8, 2011

In this post, I present the answer of the exercise on the dual relative pronouns and I also present a revision and some exercises on plural relative pronouns. First, here is the answer of the exercise and the translation of the sentences: 1-      هذان هما الطالبان اللذان يدرسان في جامعتي. 2-      تحدثت مع المهندستين اللتين…

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