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Arabic Prepositions 4 Posted by on Nov 25, 2016 in Arabic Language, Grammar

Arabic Prepositions (حروف الجر) are an interesting and a challenging topic for learners of Arabic. When I mark students’ essays, I notice many mistakes with prepositions. In this post, I highlight the meanings and usage of three of the Arabic prepositions; give examples and some exercises on the selected prepositions. The three prepositions chosen for this post all denote exception.


حضر الطلاب عدا خالد.

حضر الطلاب خلا خالد.

حضر الطلاب حاشا خالد.

Students came except for Khaled.

It should be noted that these words function as prepositions only if they are not preceded by (ما), otherwise they would be considered verbs.

Complete the sentences below with the appropriate preposition ( خلا – حاشا- عدا) if the context allows. If not, use the appropriate preposition.

قرأت جميع هذه الكتب ———– واحد.

وصل الطلاب ———– الصباح.

استقبلت الضيوف ————- حامد الذي وصل متأخراً.

أريد السفر من مصر ———– تونس.

أكلت الأرز ———–  الملعقة.



  قرأت جميع هذه الكتب  خلا/ حاشا/ عدا واحد.

I read all these books except for one.

وصل الطلاب في الصباح.

Students arrived in the morning.

استقبلت الضيوف خلا/ حاشا/ عدا حامد الذي وصل متأخراً.

I welcomed the guests except Hamid who arrived late.

أريد السفر من مصر إلى تونس.

I want to travel from Egypt to Tunisia.

أكلت الأرز بالملعقة.

I ate rice with a spoon.

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