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Genitive Construction in Arabic Posted by on Oct 30, 2017

Genitive Construction (GC), known as iDHaafah إِضَافَة, is usually encountered at the early stages of learning Arabic. The main reason for this is that a genitive construction, which is a phrasal (i.e. more than one word) structure can be used as a faa‘il فَاعِل ‘subject’ or a maf‘uul مَفْعُول ‘object’ of the sentence in lieu…

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Definite Nouns:(6) Al-Modaaf المضاف Posted by on Apr 4, 2011

Today, we will be introduced to the last two types of definite nouns. (6) The Indefinite Noun Added to a definite المضاف إلى معرفة  Al Modaaf is an indefinite noun that is made definite because it is added to a definite noun that comes after. Both the Modaaf and the definite noun that follows form…

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Tricky Dual (both) Posted by on May 23, 2010

Dual can be very tricky at times. The word (كِلا) in Arabic means ‘both’ in English. It is used mainly as part of an idaafa construction, either with a definite noun (كِلا الطالبان) ‘both students’ or a pronoun, e.g. (كِلاهما) ‘both of them’. Many people erroneously use (كِلا) with both masculine and feminine, without realizing…

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