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Grammar in Arabic: Cases-Part 1[Intro]

So as suggested by a few people on here, we'll be doing 4 lessons on cases- today we will do an intro to cases. ^-^


First, what are case endings in Arabic? They are little markings/vowels حركات Harakaat[plural of Harakah]that are attached to the ends of words to indicate the words' grammatical function. That is, if a word is the subject of a sentence, you use a case ending to indicate that; if a word is the object of a verb, you use another case ending to indicate that. So clearly, using case endings correctly requires a solid knowledge of grammar. If you're a native English speaker who hasn't studied a language with a case system, like Latin or Russian, getting used to this may be difficult but don't be easily scared off. It's okay. ^-^

Case endings are usually not written in Arabic[with one exception. We'll be talking about that soon ^-^] outside the Qur'an/ Bible[in Arabic of course ;p] and children's books. However you'll hear news reporters pronounce case endings[because they're the posh kind of people like the BBC XD] and if you wanna sound like one of the elites and speak MSA then you'll have to have a firm understanding on case endings. ^-^

So there are three cases:

  1. nominative مرفوع marfuu3

  2. genitive مجرور majruur

  3. accusative منصوب manSuub

For each of these cases, there is a Harakah/vowel/little marking[call it what you wish ^-^] associated with them.

On the left is the ضمة (Damma). It resembles a tiny و, goes above the end of a word, and is pronounced as a short "u." It marks words in the nominative case. In the middle is the كسرة kasra, which goes below the end of a word and is pronounced as a short "i." It marks words in the genitive case. On the right is the فتحة fatHa, which goes above the end of a word and is pronounced as a short "a." It marks words in the accusative case.

Note: If the word you're marking is an indefinite adjective or noun, the case marker will be nunated[nunation (Arabic: تَنوِين‎ tanwiin) is the addition of one of three vowel diacritics (Arabic: حَرَكَات‎ Harakaat) to a noun or adjective to indicate that the word ends in an alveolar nasal without the addition of the letter nuun]. That is, the Damma will be pronounced "-un" instead of "-u," the kasra will be pronounced "-in" instead of "-i," and the fatHa will be pronounced "-an" instead of "-a." And the markings will look like this:

We'll stop there today. Tomorrow[or Sunday we'll see :o] we'll be doing the nominative case.

I actually hope this lesson made sense. If you got a question, ask. I'm open for any questions[relating to the topic of course XD].

Until next time.................................

Peace be upon you all and have great Friday/ يوم الجمعة yawm ul-jum3ah !

ps. If you want a place where you can find the links to all my posts, here's the link: https://forum.duolingo.com/comment/32951150.

Edit: Where did 19 lingots come from?!

July 5, 2019



Thank you! This is a very good series and I also enjoy the way you make these posts (especially with the fun memes/pictures.)


You're welcome! ^-^


Looks like I have competition huh? XD joking! I love the pics :3 Also, I didn't know the English names of "Marfoo3, Majroor and Mans^oob" so thanks Mu3alimatee! :D

[but why is the cute girl saying "asalamu 3alaykum" at the end? Shouldn't it be at the beginning? ;p]

Lingots!! ====== O = O = O == O

[does it look like they're^ flying towards you? Cus I can't post GIFs XD]


I really don't know. I'll replace it with something else wait..........

Can't find anything else mate. I'll have to stick with this. ^-^


;p Lol no worries! I was just being extra cus you know I can't even post pics


How do you say "Muhammed" in arabic?


MuHammad [H = ح] ... It's hard to type it ;p


Thank you for making these posts! They are truly helpful! Hopefully you make more! :D

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