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Sing. Past Non-past khaaf (fear) byikhaaf khift btkhaaf Saar (become)byiSeer Sirt btSeer Past tense of kaan 1 c. 2 m. 2 f. 3 m. 3 f. Singular kunt kunt kunti kaan kaanat Plural kunna kuntoo kuntoo kaanoo kaanoo In other words, /aa/ is maintained only in all the third persons. Exercise Conjugate (past tense) khaaf, byikhaaf (fear); naam byinaam (sleep); Saar byiSeer (become); Taar byiTeer (fly). Hollow verbs, non-past tense Rule The appropriate long vowel is maintained throughout. 3 m. sing. 2 m.

LESSON THREE VERBS, WORD ORDER AND DEMONSTRATIVES VERBS: INTRODUCTION Strong men have been known to blench at the thought of conjugating verbs; any verbs, let alone Arabic ones. ) forms of the verbal noun. There are difficulties, but the reader may be assured that the Arabic verb system is much easier to grasp than that of Russian, LESSON THREE 25 German or French, and is simplicity itself compared to the English. Not for Arabic speakers the deviousness of the (British) English ‘I should’ve thought…’, meaning ‘I think, and contradiction is inconceivable’.

Exercise: form the derived forms of fa9al. Meaning is not quite so consistent: hence the many academic jokes about the meaning of Arabic derived-form verbs. However, in general the following guide is true, though not the whole truth. e. ‘to send back’. Form III frequently means to do the action of Form I to someone: hence kaatab means ‘to write to someone’. (Lots of academic jokes here on the sexual proclivities of Form III verbs. ) Form IV often has the same meaning as Form II. g. to drop off passengers from a cab).

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