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The Diminutive Posted by on Jun 10, 2016 in Arabic Language, Grammar, Vocabulary

The diminutive (اسم التصغير) is a form used to refer to a smaller or diminishing form of certain nouns and adjectives. It follows the pattern (فُعَيْل)

For example,

The diminutive of (كتاب) is (كُتَيب)

The diminutive of (عبد) is (عُبَيد)

The diminutive of (مهر) is (مُهَیر)

The diminutive of (جبل) is (جُبَيل)

The diminutive of (نهر) is (نُهَير)

 So, we understand from these examples that كٌتيب is smaller than كتاب and that جبيل is smaller than جبل

The diminutive is also used to indicate closeness in time and space,

For example,

The diminutive of (قبل) is (قُبَيل)

The diminutive of (تحت) is (تُحَيت)

So, we understand from these examples that قبيل is closer in time than قبل and that تحيت is closer in place than than تحت

Now, can you make the diminutive of the following words:

شجرة = tree

بقرة = cow

ولد = boy

سقف = roof

غرفة = room

answer

Answer:

The diminutive of (شجرة) is (شُجَيْرَة)

 The diminutive of (بقرة) is (بُقَيْرَة)

The diminutive of (ولد) is (وُلَيْد)

The diminutive of (سقف) is (سُقَيْف)

 The diminutive of (غرفة) is (غُرَيْفَة)

 

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