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‘Arabic Dictionary Tidbit

As salaamu ‘alaikum wa rahmatullaahi wa barakaatuh.

Tidbit: The little vowel the you see after the entry in dictionaries such as the Hans Wehr indicates the middle vowel of a present tense verb.

  • Ex: If you were to look up كتب kataba, you’d see the letter “u” after it representing dhammah. Therefore, the middle vowel in the present tense is “u” يكتب  yak-tu-bu.
  • Ex: If you were to look up جلس jalasa, you’d see the letter “i” after it representing kasrah. Therefore, the middle vowel in the present tense is “i” يجلس  yaj-li-su.

I hope that it comes in handy for someone In Shaa Allaah. 

Source: Tip taken from “Arabic Verbs & Essentials of Grammar”Page 17

The tip and first example was modified and the second example was added in for simplicity.

Haneefah

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