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Plural Past Tense Verb Endings

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After looking at the Singular Past Tense Verb Endings it is time to look at the plural.

The endings are as follows:

نا (-naa) for first person plural نحن (naHnu, “we”)

تم (-tum) for second person plural (m) أنتم (‘antum, “you”)

تن (-tunna) for second person plural (f) أنتن (‘antunna, “you”)

وا (-uu) for third person plural (m) هم (hum, “they”)

ن (-na) for third person plural (f) هن (hunna, “they”)

Generally, the actual personal pronoun (“we”, “they”, etc.) is left out since it can be understood from the verb ending. It may be added for extra emphasis though.

An example with درس (darasa, “he studied”).

درسنا (darasnaa, “we studied”)

درستم (darastum, “you studied”)

درستن (darastunna, “you studied”)

درسوا (darasuu, “they studied”)

درسن (darasna, “they studied”)

Note: the traditional Arabic presentation is third person, second person, first person – I deviate here because that’s more natural to me.


Written by klaasvanschelven

January 27, 2008 at 8:44 am

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