Say 'no' – negating the equational sentence

 



 

  
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Saying "not" in Arabic.

 


Beware:
In MSA/Classical Arabic negating an equational sentence is with 0-1   لَيْسَ

لَيْسَ exists with its subject in the nominative case and with the predicate in the accusative.

 

  Negating the equational sentence in MSA (Classical Arabic):

Nominative here implies the subject carries a
damma
Accusative here implies the predicate carries a
fatha

  Conjugation Table


0-2

 he is not

لَيْسَ

هُوَ

singular/masc.


0-3

they are not

لَيْسا

هُما

dual/masc.


0-4

they are not

لَيْسوا

هُمْ

plural/masc.


0-5

she is not

لَيْسَتْ

هِىَ

singular/fem.


0-6

they are not

لَيْسَتا

هُما

dual/fem.


0-7

they are not

لَسْنَ

هُنَّ

plural/fem.

 

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Negation explained with examples

Negating an equational sentence never got easier.

  Example



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لَيْسَ
مِشْ

not

For Egyptian Colloquial/Spoken Arabic place “mish
closest to the word you want to negate.



 

 

 

 

Example 

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2

مُنىَ في مِصْرِ

مُنَى في مَصْرْ
 Mona fi Masr.

Mona is in Cairo.

 





3 

مُنىَ لَيْسَتْ في مِصْرِ
مُنَى مِشْ في مَصْرْ

 Mona mish fi Masr.

Mona is
not in Cairo.

 

 

 


 

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