Own stuff  - the possessive suffix



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Possessive endings (the suffix).

We can only possess nouns and not verbs –

Therefore, the possessive suffixes can only be attached to nouns in Arabic.

Possession in Arabic is expressed by adding a suffix to the noun.

ExampleMy shirt is just one word using the i suffix.

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     1 قَميصـي


 Possessive endings

i - ana  
my contract            

na - ihna
our contract

ak - inta
your contract

kum - intu or intum
your contract

ik - inti

your contract (fem.)


u - huwwa
his contract

hum - humma
their contract

ha - hiyya
her contract



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"amiis" ends in one consonant so you simply slot in the suffix without worrying about helping vowels.

"amiis" ended in two consonants a helping vowel is required.

 Possessive suffixes


2 amiisi       
my shirt          


3 amiisak
your shirt (masc.)             

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  Beware: Helping vowels are usually not typed in Arabic text but are pronounced. Don't let this confuse you. You will hear the helping vowels while listening to the audio clips.

  Beware: The suffixes “i” (my), “ik” and “ak” (your), and “u” (his) do not need helping vowels.

After all, why would they if they already BEGIN with a vowel.

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Add a helping vowel BEFORE the suffix for the following two cases:

CASE #1: If the noun ends in two consonants – add a vowel.

You can only guess if the helping vowel is an a i or u vowel until you get better at the "sounds" of the language.

Frequently, the helping vowel is similar to any prior vowel in the word.

Example: Let’s say we want to add to the word shoghl (work) the suffix “ha” (her).

Note: shoghl ENDS in two consonants (غل) and ha BEGINS with a consonant.

Rule recall: You cannot have three consonants in a row in Arabic.

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شُغْلـُ+ ها      

شغل + ها
10 shoghl + ha 

10-1 her work  







In the above example the helping vowel a is seen in the transliteration.

CASE #2: If the noun ends in a vowel – add another similar vowel before attaching the suffix.

  Example: Let’s say we want to add to the word korsi (meaning “chair”) the suffix “ha” (which means “her”).

Note that
korsi already ENDS in one vowel. So, you need to add ONE MORE VOWEL prior to adding any suffix.

The two vowels now appear in the word like this:

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كرسيُ+ ها

كُرْسي + ها
11 korsi + ha

 her chair




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