Direct + indirect suffixes



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Verbs Direct and Indirect Suffixes.

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What are direct and indirect objects?

A direct object answers the question “who” or “what?”

An indirect object answers the question “to whom” or “for what.”


I sold it to her.

"Who" or "what?" = it= direct object.

"To whom" or "for what?" = her= indirect object.


Direct and Indirect object explained

Objects are attached onto verbs as endings.

The endings are suffixes.

Attach direct and indirect objects:

How to say "I sold it to her." 




1 Ba3taha = I sold it
Verb +
helping vowel + pronoun           





2 liha = to her 

Preposition + helping vowel + pronoun


Two words instead of five words:

بَعْتَها لِها = I sold it to her.

3t =
I sold = بِعْتْ

aha = it = ها direct object.

لِ = to

ها  =  


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Add the helping vowel "a" (in aha) because bi3t ends in two consonants -- 3t.

This is without the helping vowel:

This is with the helping vowel: بَعْتَ

The helping vowel is the fatha َ over the ت becoming تََ

Three consonants in a row, without the helping vowel, is not cool.

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Verb + Direct Object Pronoun + preposition (l or li) + Indirect Object Pronoun.  

Why l OR/ li ?

Use "li" if you have more than two consonants and need a helping vowel.

3- Add a final vowel before the last suffix for easier pronunciation.

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