Case Endings of the Sound Feminine Plural


root: ء-ن-ث / passive participle of form II / definition: feminine

Most of us will have learnt that sound masculine plurals in Arabic have one of two endings: ـونَ when مرفوع, and ـينَ when منصوب or مجرور.

But the sound feminine plural ending (ـات) doesn’t change in spelling. Instead, we use either damma/dammatayn (ـاتُ/ـاتٌ) or kasra/kasratayn (ـاتِ/ـاتٍ) to indicate case.

When a sound feminine plural is مرفوع and definite (or the non-final word in an إضافة), we use a damma (ـاتُ).

And when it’s مرفوع and indefinite, we use dammatayn (ـاتٌ).


تُريدُ المُديراتُ تَغييرَ السِّياسة

the female managers want to change the policy

هؤُلاءِ وَزيراتٌ مِن موريتانيا

these are female ministers from Mauritania

When a sound feminine plural is منصوب or مجرور and definite (or the non-final word in an إضافة), we use a kasra (ـاتِ).

And when it’s منصوب or مجرور and indefinite, we use kasratayn (ـاتٍ).


تَعَرَّفنا على طالِباتِ الجامِعة

we met female students of the university

أَسَّسوا شَرِكاتٍ كَثيرةً في البَلَد

they set up many companies in the country

So a key thing to note is that we’ll never find fatha/fathatayn as the case ending for a sound feminine plural!

I hope this short post was useful! Don’t hesitate to leave any questions in the comments below.

!مع السلامة

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