"Hello, Judy."

Translation:أَهْلاً يا جودي.

August 20, 2019

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https://www.duolingo.com/profile/krakk23

What is the purpose of having يا before names?

August 20, 2019

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This is the vocative article. In everyday and dialects, this can be dropped most of the time but not in proper Arabic, somehow. There are other articles for the vocative but this is the common one, Yá.

It is somehow close to "O" in classical English (and "A" in Irish).

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