Definite versus indefinite article
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- The definite and indefinite noun explained
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Recognize a/an in Arabic.
1. Definite nouns use "the" in front of the noun.
The "the" allows us to refer to a specific noun.
e.g. The book is on the table.
A specific book on the table.
2. Indefinite nouns use "a/an" in front of the noun.
The "a/an" is for a general class of nouns.
e.g. A book is on the table.
Any book on the table.
Only nouns – unlike verbs – can be definite or indefinite.
In Arabic to make a noun definite place:
"The" = 1-1
اِل (Egyptian Colloquial) = il = the
But for an indefinite noun there is no "a/an" in Arabic.
For MSA/Classical Arabic the article is pronounced al.
In Egyptian Spoken Arabic the article is pronounced il unless there is assimilation.
- Examples of the definite and indefinite noun
2 Il walad
4 Il bint
6 Il hoduum
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