How to Say “No Longer” in Arabic


root: ج-م-ل / noun / plural: جُمَل / definition: sentence, (grammatical) clause

With some constructions, you won’t realise how often you’ll need to use them until after you learn them—and then you wonder why you hadn’t learnt them earlier! For me, this was one of them: creating sentences using “no longer” in Arabic.

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Four Synonyms for “to Begin to” in Arabic


root: ر-د-ف / noun, active participle of form III / plural: مُرادِفات / definition: synonym

About a month ago, I posted Four Common Words for “to Become” in Arabic. And now we can add some more variety to our Arabic mental lexicons again—this time with four common Arabic words for “to begin/start to”!

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Arabic Observations: Doubled Roots


root: ز-و-ج / active participle of form VIII / definition: double

I really love writing these Arabic Observations posts, because the way the Arabic language reveals its beautiful complexities—no matter how “small” they may be—deserves to be recorded.

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One Way to Form -able/-ible Adjectives in Arabic


root: ن-ح-و / noun / definition: grammar, syntax

Negotiable, feasible, transferable, reversible, washable… All of these adjectives end in the -able/-ible suffix and indicate an ability or susceptibility to something (for example, something “measurable” is able to be measured, something “combustible” is susceptible to combustion, etc).

Now, how can we express this category of words in Arabic?

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Arabic Headline Analysis #2


root: خ-ب-ر / noun / plural: أخْبار / definition: news

It’s safe to say that most of us are following the news more than ever now, now that we’re in the middle of an accelerating pandemic.

And while headlines seem to be overwhelming in number, I’ve decided to pick a recent Arabic headline to analyse—step-by-step—so that you’ll hopefully find them less overwhelming in terms of linguistic content.

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Four Common Words for “to Become” in Arabic


root: ش-ي-ع / adjective, active participle of form I / definition: common, widespread

When you’re learning a new language, it’s all too easy to get comfortable with the core set of words you learnt at the very start, without even letting your mind venture into the realm of synonyms.

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Small But Useful Arabic Phrases That You Need To Know (Part 2)


root: ع-ب-ر / noun / plural: عبارات / definition: phrase, expression

Back in December, I posted a list of Small But Useful Arabic Phrases That You Need To Know. But seeing as you can never have too much vocabulary in Arabic, I felt compelled to put together a Part 2—so here’s some more very useful Arabic expressions:

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Saying “May” or “Might” in Arabic


root: ص-ل-ح / noun / plural: مُصْطَلَحات / definition: term (e.g. linguistic or technical)

If you’re studying Arabic, you’ll know that there is usually a plethora of corresponding Arabic terms for each English word—and you’ll also know that a lot of those Arabic words can carry a variety of different meanings based on the immediate context…

But, today, we’re just going to focus on one use of a single Arabic word: how to use قَد to express the meaning of “might”/”may”.

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Reference: Arabic Verb Forms Table


root: ج-د-ل / noun / plural: جَداوِل / definition: chart, table

I can’t quite believe that I have been posting on this blog since October without actually posting an Arabic verb table for reference. So, without further ado:

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