It can be one of three prepositions:
عَند – ʕand "at"
لَدى – ladaa "near"
لِـ – li- "to"
in spoken language عَند – ʕand "at" there is another option still also very common but only for objects you carry with you. with ma3 - مع
Great answer, just a small correction, the first preposition is pronounced "3ind"/"عِند"
Hi, I don't understand when @linguafiquari said it can be one of the three prepositions. Isn't عند a verb here? How is it that a preposition such as 3ind is used here as a verb?
I always thought if you start a sentence with عند that implies a question. such as: عند جودی بیت does Judy have a house, rather than Judy has a house .... please advise .
tough to explain this one, but it has to do with a grammatical form called 'identifying numbers/ordinals' in Arabic (tamyiiz 2al3adadd)
If عند is in the beginning it does not change form.
If عند comes later in the sentence (better form) then it conjugates with the owner.
عند تامر وكاري بيت
تامر وكاري عندهما بيت