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Basic Arabic: Diacritical Marks Posted by on Sep 25, 2018

In an earlier post, you learned that short vowels الحَرَكَات القَصِيْرَة in Arabic are not represented by letters; rather, they are diacritical marks that are placed over or below regular consonant letters. These short vowels are the fatHah الفَتْحَة, the kasrah الكَسْرَة, and the DHammah الضَّمَّة. In addition, there are two other essential marks: the…

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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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