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Questions Words in Arabic (1) Posted by on Apr 4, 2018

A question word is a word that is used to ask for information. To ask in Arabic, we use interrogative particles حُرُوْفُ الاِسْتِفْهَام and interrogative nouns أَسْمَاءُ الاِسْتِفْهَام, using Arabic grammatical terms. Combined, they are called أَدَوَاتُ الاِسْتِفْهَام – interrogative particles. The former are used to asked a yes-no questions, while the latter are used…

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Egyptian Arabic; Interrogative Particles Posted by on Mar 23, 2016

    Ahlan, Arabic lovers! In today’s post, we are going to learn some Egyptian Arabic. After I gave it some thought, I guessed it would be nice to start with the interrogative (question) particles. I have already presented two posts about Interrogative Particles (Part 1) and (Part 2) in Modern Standard Arabic. These standard…

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Question words with prepositions Posted by on May 15, 2015

Some Arabic particles join each other when they come together, e.g. when certain prepositions come with question words, they join each other to make one word. They are easy to guess, but hard to identify for new learners of Arabic. I hope you find the following list useful: عن + ماذا = عمّ عمّ تتكلم؟…

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Interrogative Particles (Part 2) أدوات الاستفهام Posted by on Oct 19, 2011

        Last time, we were introduced to the Wh-question particles; (Interrogative Adverbs). Today we will be introduced to the second type; the Yes/No-question particles. In Arabic, there are two ways of asking a question that needs a yes/no-answer.  These two particles are  هَلْ /hal/ and the Hamza أ /aa/ which are both equal to all the…

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Interrogative Particles (Part 1) أدوات الاستفهام Posted by on Oct 17, 2011

Today we are going to learn about the question particles in Arabic. The particles of today are equivalent to the Wh-question particles; (Interrogative Adverbs) in English. These particles are considered Mabni words (or Mabni Nouns) as they don’t change pronunciation. Question particles should always start the question sentence and can only be preceded by…

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Arabic Prepositions in combination (Part 2) Posted by on Apr 18, 2011

In my pervious post I presented some combinations of prepositions with question words, i.e. ممَّ، فيمَ، عمَّ At the end of the post, I presented a question about two other combinations. علام، إلام علام = على + ما / ماذا = on what إلام = إلى + ما / ماذا = to what علام تضحك؟…

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Arabic Prepositions in Combination Posted by on Apr 17, 2011

Have you ever come across these words before? عمّ، فيمَ، مِمَّ These are question words involving both a preposition and the question word. عمّ = عن + ما / ماذا = about what عمّ تتكلم؟ What are you talking about? فيمَ = في + ما / ماذا = in what فيمَ تفكر؟ What are you…

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