The equational sentence in the past tense



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Think in the Past (Non-Verbal).



Arabic does not have the present tense verb “to be” which are: am/is/are.

There is, however, a past tense verb "to be."

In English we have: “I am…”  or/ “she is…” but not in Arabic. However, “I was…” or/ “she was…” does exist in Arabic.

Why no present tense verb "to be"?

The present tense verb "to be" is implied within the Arabic sentence. So it is not written.





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Let’s take a look at the present tense equational sentence

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 أحْمَدٌ في الْبَيْتِ
 أحْمَد في اِلْبيتْ
0-1  Amed fil beet

Ahmed is in the house.

Example 1: Amed fil beet – Ahmed is in the house.

The literal translation of Amed fil beet is “Amed-in-the-house.”

You just will not need the present tense verb “to be.”

((By the way... notice the preposition "in" is attached to the word "the" phonetically. But the actual written form is two separate words.))

Let’s now take a look at a past tense equational sentence…

Take note

أحْمَدٌ كانَ في الْبَيْتِ
أحْمَدْ كانْ في اِلْبيتْ
0-2 Amed kaan fil beet

 Amed was in the house.

 Example 2: Amed kaan fil beet - Amed was in the house. Here the verb “to be” in the past tense is required in Arabic.



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