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Key Points for Making Arabic Sentences with Verbs  Posted by on Oct 13, 2021

In this post, I thought we’d look at the basic essential points for creating Arabic sentences using verbs. If you happen to already be familiar with these points, perhaps it can serve as a review. 🤓 🎇First of all, Arabic verbs change according to the subject (who/what) is carrying out the action.  ✨Here we have…

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Making Regular Verbs Passive in Arabic المَبني للمَجهول Posted by on Sep 22, 2021

In this post, we’ll be reviewing some grammar. 😁 Before we talk about the passive form in Arabic, let’s remind ourselves what a passive sentence is in English: Our Arabic teacher confirmed yesterday that the vocabulary quiz is today.  It was confirmed yesterday by our Arabic teacher that the vocabulary quiz is today.  It was…

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Describing Possession in Arabic الإضافة Posted by on Aug 4, 2021

In this post, let’s practice the الإضافة structure. This structure, where two or more nouns are put back to back, is known as إضافة which literally means “addition”. Nothing can come between two words in an إضافة so if you want to add an adjective, it must come right at the end and must have the…

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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

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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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