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Lesson 30 – الدَّرْسُ الثَّلاثُونَ تَذْكِيرُ الْفِعْلِ وَتَأْنِيثُهُ

Types of Feminine- أَنْوَاعُ الْمُؤَنَّثِ

  • We will first discuss briefly the types of feminine nouns in the Arabic language. There are two types of feminine nouns in Arabic:
    1. Real feminine مُؤَنَّثٌ حَقِيقِيٌّ is that which begets or lays eggs, whether women, animals or birds.
      • This means that a noun may not be suffixed with a feminine letter, such as Zaynab زَيْنَبُ but it is feminine by default.
    1. Figurative feminine مُؤَنَّثٌ مَجَازِيٌّ is an inanimate (non-living) noun ending with a feminine suffix, or does not end with a feminine suffix but is regarded as feminine within the Arabic language. For example:

يَدٌ

شَمْسٌ

صَحْرَاءُ

جَامِعَةٌ

حَدِيقَةٌ

شَجَرَةٌ

Arabic

Hand

Sun

Desert

University

Garden

Tree

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