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Basic Arabic: The Noun and Its Forms Posted by on Sep 27, 2018

A word in Arabic can be a noun اِسْم, a verb فِعْل, or a particle حَرْف. The Noun الاِسْم al-ism stands for something that can be concrete or abstract. It can be indefinite or definite; singular, dual, or plural; masculine or feminine. In a sentence, it functions as a subject (of verbal and nominal sentences)…

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The Gender of Arabic Nouns (1) Posted by on Jul 17, 2018

The gender الجِنْس of noun الاِسْم in Arabic is either masculine مُذَكَّر or feminine مُؤَّنَّث. The masculine المُذَكَّر is the basic form; therefore, it does not require a marker عَلاَمَة. The feminine المُؤَنَّث is derived from the masculine; it requires a feminine marker عَلَامَة تَأنِيْث. There are two types of masculine: real masculine and unreal…

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Deriving Nouns from Verbs in Arabic (1) Posted by on Jul 3, 2018

A distinguishing feature of Arabic language is that it is a derivational language. Multiple words are derived from a single root word based specific morphological rules. Using the morphological measure, affixes (suffixes, prefixes, and infixes) are appended to the root word forming news words. For example, form the root كَتَبَ ‘write’, we derive كَاتِب ‘writer’…

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Almanqoos (Part 3) Posted by on Feb 9, 2018

This post deals with a tricky type of nouns in Arabic (الاسم المنقوص). This is a noun that ends in ي /ii/ sound, e.g. النادي ، القاضي ، المحامي. It has been dealt with in previous posts: In this post, I present how this noun appears in dual and plural forms. Dual…

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Practise connectors in Arabic Posted by on Jan 23, 2017

In this post, we revise the use of some Arabic connectors. We will focus on the use of connectors which are usually used for addition, i.e. to add information with similar meaning to what has been said before. و = and كما = also أيضاً = also كذلك = also بالإضافة إلى = in addition to…

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Practise Parts of Speech Posted by on Jan 13, 2017

In this post, we revise the Arabic parts of speech. A noun (الاسم) is a part of speech that denotes a person, animal, place, thing, or idea. Adjectives (الصفة) are words that describe or modify nouns The verb (الفعل) signals an action, an occurrence, or a state of being. Whether mental, physical, or mechanical, verbs always…

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Noun Determiners in Arabic Posted by on Feb 17, 2016

Ahlan أهــْــلاً , Arabic lovers! We have gone quite far up till now in studying Arabic grammar and especially the Arabic nouns. Today, we are going to have a quick short lesson on Arabic nouns. We already know that all Arabic words fall into three main categories; Nouns, Verbs and Particles. The question of this…

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