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Lesson 4 الدَّرْسُ الرَّابِعُ

The Prepositions - حُرُوفُ الْجَرِّ

  • In this lesson we will learn about some of the prepositions, In-Shā'-Allâh (God willing). A preposition is a word which shows the relation of one word to another. For example, "....the key is in the car...." or "....the book is on the table....".
  •  Some of the most common prepositions are:

Preposition (English)

Preposition (Arabic)









  • We will also learn about the rule applied for the use of prepositions in Arabic Language. The following rules are applied for the use of prepositions:
    1. A preposition (حَرْفُ الْجَرِّ- called /harf ul ĵarr/ in Arabic) is a single letter or a word which connects two nouns, or a verb and a noun to form a sentence. As above this is generally showing the position of one word to another. It always precedes a word and never follows the word.
    2. A preposition always comes before a noun and it does not come before a verb.
    3. The noun following a preposition is changed from nominative case to genitive case. This means that the last letter of the word will be changed from a /đammah/ or /đammatain/ to a /kasrah/ or /kasratain/.
    4. The noun followed by a preposition is called /Maĵrūr/ مَجْرُورٌ which means the preposition has caused a change in its case (from nominative to genitive case) as mentioned in the previous rule.
  • Let’s look at an example ‍‌‌(please read from right to left):

Phrase (preposition before word)

Word without preposition



فِي الْبَيْتِ




In the house

The house



  • We can see here that the preposition has caused the last letter of تُ to change toتِ .
    1. When a proposition precedes an indefinite noun (e.g. "a house"), the noun is affected in the same way. As we learnt earlier, a noun which is indefinite takes two /đammahs/ (đammatain) and is also in the nominative case. The two /đammahs/ change to two /kasrahs/ (kasratain) when a preposition comes before the noun . Let us examine the example as above with relation to an indefinite noun:

Phrase (preposition before word)

Word without preposition



فِي بَيْتٍ




In a house

A house



Some more examples can be found below.


Phrase with preposition

Phrase without preposition lesson image

فِي مَطْبَخٍ


In a kitchen

A Kitchen lesson image

إِلَىٰ مَسْجِدٍ


To a mosque

A Mosque lesson image

مِنْ بَيْتٍ


From a house

A house lesson image

عَلَىٰ كِتَابٍ


On a book

A book

  • In this part of the lesson we will study some practical sentences using the prepositions and understand the rules relating to prepositions.
  • In Arabic language when it is required to make a noun definite, الْ is added to that noun. You have also learnt in the previous lessons about the solar and the lunar letters.
  • However when a preposition comes before a definite word the /alif/ - i.e. "a" sound - of الْ is dropped and hence not pronounced. Please note that the "a" of "al" is pronounced only when it is not preceded by any other word but when "al" is preceded by any word the letter "a" is dropped and hence not pronounced.
  • So we will read the sentence as /Fil Baiti/ and not /Fee Al baiti/ but this rule is applicable in reading only and not while writing the sentence - i.e. the /alif/ will still be written but not pronounced in spoken language. 

Please click on the words to hear speech, i.e. how the words should be pronounced.




Arabic lesson image

The moon is in the sky.

/Alhilālu fis Samā’-i/

الْهِلالُ فِي السَّمَاءِ. lesson image

To the door

/Ilal bābi/

إِلَىٰ الْبَابِ lesson image

From the teacher

/Minal muddarrisi/

مِنَ الْمُدَرِّسِ lesson image

The key is on the book

/Almiftāħu ξalal kitābi/

المِفْتَاحُ عَلَىٰ الْكِتَابِ.

  • We shall continue with some more practical sentences, please make an effort to memorise the words and common sentence structures. 

Please click on the words to hear speech.



Arabic lesson image

A horse in the farm

حِصَانٌ فِي الْحَقْلِ lesson image

The man is from India.

اَلرَّجُلُ مِنْ الْهِنْدِ. lesson image

The lion is on a rock.

الأَسَدُ عَلَىٰ صَخْرٍ. lesson image

The boy is in the garden.

اَلْوَلَدُ فِي البُسْتَانِ.

  • In the next part of the lesson we will go over some interrogative expressions (i.e. expressions used for asking questions) covering the areas you have learnt in this lesson In-Shā'-Allâh (God willing).