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Verb forms I, II, III Posted by on Jun 20, 2016

In Arabic, verbs appear in different forms (patterns) that depend on the root system. The roots of verbs appear in different forms that have the same basic meaning, but different forms give additional meaning to the basic meaning of the verb. In this post, verb forms I, II and II are explained with some examples…

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Verb Type نوع الفعل Posted by on Apr 16, 2011

Today we are going to discuss the types of root verbs according to their form and ability to change form. The focus will be on the FORM and not the USE of these verbs. Uses of these special verb categories will come later. There are two main categories of verbs: (1)   The Declinable Verb  الفعل…

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The Difference Between Arabic Verb Forms II and V Posted by on Aug 16, 2009

In this post, I explain the difference between 2 verb forms: form II (فعَّلَ) and form V (تفعَّلَ). Form II is always transitive, i.e. it must take an object at all times, so the sentence in which a form II verb is used must have a subject and an object, e.g. كسّر الولد الزجاج. “The…

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Arabic Verb forms I-V Posted by on Jun 28, 2009

In Arabic, there are 10 verb forms that can be formed from each root. The root usually consists of 3 letters, and verb forms are made up of different patterns involving a given root. Some forms are used for a given root while others are not. Verb forms are usually indicated by roman numerals in…

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