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How to Learn Arabic

How to Learn Arabic

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In Arabic to form the plural we use two methods: add a suffix or change the body of the word (to
form an irregular plural).

A suffix (aat

) is added to form a plural usually when a word ends with a taa marbuta ( )

but before adding the suffix we first have to omit the existing ( )

, :

For example:


(a tree) Shajaraat

(trees). So the body here is shajar

to form the feminine

we add to it taa marbuta ( )

, , to form the plural we add the suffix aat

as you can see in the

example above.

We can also add the suffix (aat ) even to words not ending with taa marbuta ( )

, , for example:

Qitar (train) Qitaraat



(drink) Mashroobaat


Another suffix (een ) is added to form the plural of some words (especially nationalities,

religions, professions )


(American) amrekieen


Moslem (Moslem) Moslemeen



(translator) Motarjemeen


Now we will move to the irregular forms, you will notice that there are many of them, so it s advised
to learn words with their plurals, and most dictionaries write the definition of words with their plural

form, and it s not that hard as it seems, with practice all ambiguities will be clear.

The table below shows most of forms that a plural can take in Arabic, the words with question marks
are our model words, and to convert a word the irregular way you first need to: remove the question
mark and add a consonant for each question mark, for example the word book means ketaab in
Arabic, to form the plural I wrote in the table below how to form it by showing you the form with
question marks (?u?u?), meaning ketaab


kutub. If you remove the consonant of the
word ketaab respectively and put them in our model word, you will have kutub, which is obviously
the plural of ketaab (book), same thing with other examples below:

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