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Forming Questions in MSA and Levantine Arabic Posted by on Dec 2, 2020

Questions الأسْئِلة are straightforward in Arabic. There is no special form of the verb used with questions. In this post, we’ll look at the way to form questions in Arabic in both MSA اللُغة العَرَبية الفُصحى and Levantine اللَّهْجَةُ الشَّامِيَّة using the appropriate question words. I have provided examples for practice and audio to help…

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Relative pronouns in Spoken Arabic, 2 Posted by on Mar 6, 2020

In the first part of this post, we started discussing s subtle aspect of Arabic grammar, and that is that of relative pronouns ضمائر الوصل. To recap, a relative pronoun is a pronoun that follows a noun in order to elaborate on it and add extra information about it. In the second part of the…

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Relative pronouns in Spoken Arabic, 1 Posted by on Feb 28, 2020


In this post, we’re going to look at a subtle aspect of Arabic grammar that can be confusing for some learners of Spoken Arabic, even advanced ones. This aspect is that of relative pronouns ضمائر الوصل A relative pronoun is a pronoun that follows a noun in order to add extra information about it, in…

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Case marking and agreement in verbal sentences Posted by on Jul 28, 2019

In this post, we learn how to case mark verbal sentences. The verbal sentence (الجملة الفعلية) is a sentence that begins by a verb. The verbal sentence has two main components: the verb (الفعل), the subject (الفاعل), especially if the verb is non-transitive. If the verb is transitive, there is also a third element, i.e. …

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Rules for writing final hamza Posted by on Apr 25, 2019

In this post, I write about the rules for writing hamza (ء) in Arabic at the end of the word. Just like medial hamza, the writing of final hamza depends on how it is vowelled and how the letters before it are vowelled. In this post, I will describe the most important rules. Final Hamza…

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عَنْ: Meanings, Examples, and Synonyms Posted by on Apr 3, 2019

Meanings of the word عَنْ.

Let’s continue looking at more tiny Arabic words; their meanings and how to use them. In most cases you’ve seen the word عَنْ mean “about”, but there are a few more meanings. Here are some examples to help clarify them in context. about/on:  .كتاب عن قواعد اللغة العربية A book about Arabic grammar. / A…

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The Meaning of “qad” قَدْ and How to Use it Posted by on Mar 27, 2019

The multiple meanings of "qad".

Last week, we looked at how to use ُحَيث and all its multiple meanings. This week, we’re looking at a two-letter-word “qad” قَدْ . Do not let the littleness of such tiny words deceive you 😊, this word has an important grammatical function. قَدْ must come before either a past or present tense verb. Depending…

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