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Diacritic or symbol question

What is the meaning of the dashed or dotted circle in a word?

January 15, 2020

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https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Rp6jfp20

kinda funny because im thinking about vowels and the sukun. then i'm thinking about a dotted circle? still learning but i don't know of a diacritic like that. hmm hope somebody clears this up.


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

Is the character shown in this pdf document?

If not, you could try and copy the word with that symbol in a word document and select a different font. It may just be a problem with a character in the font you (or your web browser) are using.

For example, my PC has a problem with Aleif Waslah and prints it as a dashed square.


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

In your PDF document it's the dashed circle in vertical column 061


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

Hmm, that's not good. It's not a normal character then, but some incorrect rendering. You can still try and copy it into a word document and change the font, or paste it here so maybe we can see which character behaves badly.

Or is this the same word you mentioned yesterday?
2ujiib - أَُجيب
That should be
أ + ُ + جـ + ـيـ + ـب


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

Yes, it's the second last symbol that you printed - the circle that is dotted. I asked yesterday and got a comment in my email that someone must have deleted on Duo which did not have a nice tone to it. I'm just a beginner so I wondered if I was asking the question incorrectly, and that's why the second post. And maybe that's why the replier to the original post was getting frustrated with what I was asking??


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

Or maybe it's just showing up as a dotted circle on my computer and it's not showing up like that on anyone else's??


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

That circle is not a normal character, so you should not see it in the middle of a word.
That second last character I typed, was an isolated dammah. It should actually show the dammah, and some fonts will also show the dashed circle.
If the dammah is used as a diacritic, on top of another character, you should never see that circle.


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

Thank you so much for your help!

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