Describe lots of stuff - plural adjectives

 



     
   

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Describe Stuff (Plural)

 

The focus of this module is plural (and dual) adjectives.

Egyptian Colloquial DOES NOT HAVE dual adjectives.
MSA/Classical does have dual adjectives.

Egyptian Colloquial has ONLY ONE plural form.
MSA/Classical has two plural forms (masculine and feminine).

Egyptian Colloquial/Spoken tends to be easier than MSA/Classical. More watered-down.

 

 

 

  Listen to the following Egyptian Colloquial examples.

Take note of the endings of the plural adjectives highlighted below in green.

MSA/Classical is below this table.

Table 1: Egyptian Colloquial


Masc. adj.   
 Fem.adj.        Plural adj.




 كِبيرْ

1 kibiir

big
 




كِبيرَةْ

2 kibiirr

a

 big




كُبارْ

3 kubaar

big




صُغَيَّر
4 sooghayyar

small





صُغَيَّرَةْ

5 sooghayyara

small





صُغَيَّرِينْ

6 sooghayyariin

small

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1- Memorize singular and plural adjectives together.

2- Plural adjectives might be tricky when formed by internal structural alterations (instead of a simple suffix added to the end of the word).

However on a good note: The internal structural patterns are frequently the same from one adjective to the next.

Examples:

كُبارْ      لُطـَافْ      جُمـَال

gumaal       lutaaf        kubaar   

beautiful    pleasant    big 

The above three plural adjectives all have the long "alif" added after the second letter in the stem.

By the way, the long "alif" refers to the "alif" acting as a vowel and not a consonant. The usage of long is appropriate because vowels extend the word as opposed to the more blunt consonants.

Develop an ear for the plural form of adjectives.

IMPORTANT: Recognize familiar sound patterns for the plural adjectives.

3- Egyptian Colloquial "plural Adjectives" have only one form - SHOWN IN TABLE 1 ABOVE.

MSA "plural adjectives" have two forms (masc. and fem.)- SHOWN IN TABLE 2 BELOW.



     MSA/Classical examples of dual and plural adjectives


Examples of dual and plural adjectives.

Beware: Notice the MSA/Classical plural adjectives have both a masculine and feminine form unlike Egyptian Colloquial which has one form.

Table 2: MSA/Classical Arabic

                       Singular

Dual

Plural

 

 

Masc.

Fem.

Masc.

Fem.

Masc.

Fem.



30-1

big

كَبيرٌ

كَبيرَةٌ

كَبيران 

كَبيرَتان

كِبارٌ

كَبيراتٌ

 


30-2


small

صَغيرٌ

صَغيرَةٌ

صَغيرَان

صَغيرَتان

صِغارٌ

صَغيراتٌ

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