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Cases?

Pardon me if this is a bit presumptuous, seeing as I'm not super-far in the tree yet and I don't speak much Arabic, but I've noticed words will often be spelled without the damma at the end, but be pronounced with an "-un" ending regardless. I think think this might be the nominative case, but I could be wrong, but an explanation for why the pronunciation is the way it is could be helpful in the next form of the course.

Shukraan :)

June 26, 2019

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Yes, that’s a case ending.

In MSA (it’s dropped in colloquial Arabic), there are 3 case endings on Nouns and Adjectives, each with a definite and indefinite form:

Nominative Definite: -u

Nominative Indefinite: -un

Accusative Definite: -a

Accusative Indefinite: -an

Oblique Definite: -i

Oblique Indefinite: -in

I believe it’s not super important except in high registers of MSA, and can otherwise be ignored. I’m pretty sure this course isn’t teach that high of a register (which is a good thing), but sometimes TTS will just put it in anyway

June 27, 2019
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