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 easy in Arabic to know 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)

 


Be careful:

Recognize if nouns are  masculine or feminine by sound.

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

e.g. بيتْ = beet = house (masculine)

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

e.g. بَدْلَةْ = badla = suit (feminine)


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   Listen to masculine and feminine nouns.

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بَدْلَةٌ
بَدْلَةْ
1  badla 

suit
feminine - ends in
"a"




فُسْتانٌ
فُسْتانْ

2  fostaan 

dress
masculine - ends in
consonant




بيتٌ

بيتْ
3  beet
house

 




مَدْرَسـَةٌ

مَدْرَسـَةْ
4  madrasa

school




خَواجَة*

 خَواجَـةْ
5  khawaaga

foreigner

Exception: a borrowed masculine word ending in a feminine "a"





وَلَدٌ
وَلَدْ
6  walad 
boy

 



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