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Practice Negation Posted by on Mar 23, 2015

In this post, we revise the different ways of negation (النفي) in Arabic. In Arabic, we usually use special particles to negate different constructions. Below is a list of the common ways of negation. Present tense verbs are negated by (لا) Past tense verbs are negated by (ما) or by (لم + present tense) Future…

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Negating verbal sentences in Arabic Posted by on Sep 3, 2010

In this post, I explain how to negate verbal sentences, and provide some exercises to practice it. To negate the present tense, we use the particle (لا) immediately before the verb. Remember, nothing should separate (لا) from the verb. Consider the following examples: الولد يحمل حقيبة. “The boy carries a bag.” الولد لا يحمل حقيبة…

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How to negate nominal sentences in Arabic Posted by on Aug 3, 2010

Nominal sentences in Arabic are negated using (ليس). It should be noted that (ليس) should be conjugated according to the subject of the sentence. The following table shows the conjugation of (ليس) with different pronouns. لستُ أنا لستَ أنتَ لستِ أنتِ ليس هو ليست هي لسنا نحن لستما أنتما ليسا هما m ليستا هما f…

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