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Pronouncing suffixes

Postby Benzion » Tue Dec 18, 2007 7:21 am


I noticed that you don't pronounce in your lessons the last sound of some words, not as I read in my Arabic learning book. For example:

You say "bik" instead of "bika" (in you, to you)
"ant" instead of "anta" (you for male)
"atayt" instead of "ataytu" (I came)
"sa-taf'al" instead of "sa-taf'alu" (you will do)
"abuh" instead of "abuhu" (his father)

When and where should the person pronounce these suffixes and when not? What suffixes people usually don't pronounce?

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Postby Ehab » Thu Dec 20, 2007 2:13 pm

Ahlan Benzion and welcome to the forum;
I would suggest you to read this post: viewtopic.php?t=100&highlight=ending

Notice this:
In Arabic, whenever a sentence is finished, or there is a pause among the parts of the line, you do not pronounce the 7araka of the last letter of the word before the pause.
Hope that helps
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Re: Pronouncing suffixes

Postby faheemkamran » Tue Jan 22, 2013 8:15 pm

I'll give you an example to illustrate:

"kitaab" is Arabic for "book"
kitaabi -> my book
kitaabuki -> your book (female)
kitaabuka -> your book (male)
kitaabukum -> your book (plural)
kitaabunaa -> our book
kitaabuhu -> his book (male)
kitaabuhaa -> her book (female)
kitaabuhum -> their book (plural)
kitaabuhunna -> their book (female plural)

So, as you can see the endings (or "suffixes") are used to indicate to whom the item belongs (i.e. they indicate "possession").
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