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"اَلْمُحامي في أَلْمانْيا."

Translation:The lawyer is in Germany.

July 15, 2019



Then how do you say the lawyer in Germany

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If your sentence means (the lawyer "who is" in Germany) - in short form - then that would be المحامي الذي في ألمانيا where الذي means "who" (masculine).


you can say the exact same thing and use it as a phrase, in which case it will be the subject of a sentence.

المحامي في ألمانيا ذهب إلى المحكمة

(The lawyer in Germany... went to the courthouse)

But if it is stated alone, it become an independent sentence.


Why "The lawyer in Germany" is not grammatical correct too?


Wouldn't it need to be "al muhamy yekun fi alamania?"

It literally just says "The lawyer in Germany."

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Yes, this is how Arabic works. We don't use the verb "to be" in forming statements (Russian is somewhat similar too). This type of sentences is called Nominal sentences; They start with a noun, and can be completed without a verb as well, like above.


Wrong but why? The lawyer in Germany is occupied with ..... etc.

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In that sense it is correct, but as you can see Duolingo provided a definite limited sentence without anything following next (to be a predicative)


I can see that in “Almania” I have previously met the “-lm-” combination of letters - but I’m still sorta mystified by it... that m just disappears up the “l-pole”...

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It didn't disappear. You will notice a little stroke under the لـ (at its base), this is مـ but with its loop squashed into a little stroke. It's a font/calligraphic thing only. Maybe the shape would change for you if you changed the font on your device.


Thanks. I've had the same question.


Can confirm that it's dependent on the font of your device. The default font on iOS uses the lm ligature, but not the default font on Windows.


Very confusing for beginners like me. Maybe this should come later in the programme with some explanation.

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