Name stuff  - nouns and gender

 



     
   


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What is a noun?

A noun names "anything." You can name people, places, or things.

 


      

Unlike the English language Arabic is gender sensitive.

English does not have masculine and feminine nouns.

However, it is extremely easy in Arabic to figure out if a noun is masculine or feminine.

The rule goes like this:

A noun is masculine if it ends in a consonant.
 

e.g. beet = house
(masculine)


A noun is feminine if it ends in an
“a” sound.

e.g. badla = suit (feminine)

It can't get any easier.

Who cares about the exceptions. Learn exceptions as you go.
 

 


Be careful. You asked and we answered.

Quickly recognize if nouns are  masculine or feminine by “sound.”

If you hit that
consonant at the end of the word it is masculine.

e.g. beet = house (masculine)

And, if you hit an
“a” sound at the end of the word it is feminine.

e.g. badla = suit (feminine)

 

 



   Listen to masculine and feminine nouns.

 Practice



بَدْلَةٌ
بَدْلَةْ
1  badla 

suit
Ends in
"a" therefore feminine.




فُسْتانٌ
فُسْتانْ

2  fostaan 

dress
Ends in consonant therefore is masculine




بيتٌ

بيتْ
3  beet
house

 




مَدْرَسـَةٌ

مَدْرَسـَةْ
4  madrasa

school




خَواجَة*

 خَواجَـةْ
5  khawaaga

foreigner

Exception: a borrowed word that is masculine despite the feminine "a" ending.





وَلَدٌ
وَلَدْ
6  walad 
boy

 

 

 

  

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