root: ل-ح-ق / adverb / definition: later on
This week, we have another little treasure chest of synonyms to rummage through: eight Arabic verbs, all meaning “to postpone“.
You may ask “why this particular verb?” (or maybe you won’t, and you’re already scrolling past, to the juicy content)—and the answer is that there was a period of time a while ago when postponing was mentioned in so many news stories.
I kept hearing and noting down the different verbs and verbal nouns used, and then realised I had quite a cool little collection.
Like all of the posts in this series, this list of synonyms is not exhaustive, but here’s my little linguistic haul!
أَجَّلَ / يُؤَجِّلُ / التَّأجيل
أَخَّرَ / يُؤَخِّرُ / التَّأخير
أَرجَأَ / يُرجِئُ / الإرجاء
مَطَلَ / يَمطُلُ / المَطل
ماطَلَ / يُماطِلُ / المُماطَلة
نَسَأَ / يَنسَأُ / النَّسء
أَنسَأَ / يُنسِئُ / الإنساء
سَوَّفَ / يُسَوِّفُ / التَّسويف
Note that the root of this last verb is the same as that of the future tense marker, سَوفَ. We can also use this word to mean “to procrastinate”!
That’s it for the synonyms in this post, but have you checked out last week’s post about the grammar of using numbers in Arabic?
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