Arabic Plural

Arabic Plural

If you're trying to learn Arabic Plural you will find some useful resources including a course about Plural and Singular... to help you with your Arabic grammar. Try to concentrate on the lesson and notice the pattern that occurs each time the word changes its place. Also don't forget to check the rest of our other lessons listed on Learn Arabic. Enjoy the rest of the lesson!

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Arabic Plural

Learning the Arabic Plural is very important because its structure is used in every day conversation. The more you master it the more you get closer to mastering the Arabic language. But first we need to know what the role of Plural is in the structure of the grammar in Arabic.

Arabic Plurals are grammatical numbers, typically referring to more than one of the referent in the real world. In the English language, singular and plural are the only grammatical numbers.

In Arabic the formation of the plural is difficult, since there are many patterns. It is advised to learn the plural with the singular, a good Arabic dictionary like the “Hans Wehr Arabic dictionary will include the plural or plurals (sometimes there are more) in each entry. Examples are kitaab –kutub, [book - books], walad – awlad [boy – boys], sayara – sayaraat [car – cars], radjul – rejaal [man – men]. The last two are examples of the sound plural which for masculine adds un at the end and for feminine aat at the and. (Note the ta marbuta has to be change to a normal open t).

Here are some examples:

English PluralArabic Plural
Pluralصِيْغَة الْجَمْع - seeeghah aljam'
my bookكِتَابِي - ketaabeee
my booksكُتُبِي - kotobeee
our daughterابْنَتَنَا - abnatanaa
our daughtersبَنَاتِنَا - banaatenaa
I'm coldانّى اشْعُر بِالْبُرُوْدَة - ana ash'or bealborowdah
we're coldنَحْن نَشْعُر بِالْبُرُوْدَة - nahn nash'or bealborowdah
his chickensدَجَاجَه - dajaajah
their chickenدَجَاجَهُم - dajaajahom

As you can see from the example above, the structure of the Plural in Arabic has a logical pattern. Locate the Plural above and see how it works with the rest of the sentence in Arabic.

List of Plurals in Arabic

Below is a list of the Plurals and Singulars in Arabic placed in a table. Memorizing this table will help you add very useful and important words to your Arabic vocabulary.

English PluralArabic Plural
alligatorتِمْسَاح إِسْتِوائِي - temsaah eestewa'eee
alligatorsتَمَاسِيْح - tamaaseeeh
bearدَب - dab
bearsدِبَبَة - debabah
birdطَائِر - taa'er
birdsطُيُوْر - toeeowr
bullثَوْر - thawr
bullsثِيَرَان - theeearaan
catقَط - qat
catsقَطَط - qatat
cowبَقَرَة - baqarah
cowsأَبْقَار - aabqaar
deerأَيِّل - aaeeel
many deerالْغِزْلَان - alghezlaan
dogكَلْب - kalb
dogsكِلَاب - kelaab
donkeyحِمَار - hemaar
donkeysحِمْيَر - hemeear
eagleنَسْر - nasr
eaglesنُسُوْر - nosowr
elephantفِيْل - feeel
elephantsفِيَلَة - feeealah
giraffeزَرَافَة - zaraafah
giraffesزَرَافَات - zaraafaat
goatمَاعِز - maa'ez
goatsمَاعِز - maa'ez
horseحِصَان - hesaan
horsesخُيِّل - khoeeel
lionأَسَد - aasad
lionsأَسْوَد - aaswad
monkeyقِرْد - qerd
monkeysقُرُوْد - qorowd
mouseفَأْر - faar
miceفِئْرَان - fe'raan
rabbitأَرْنَب - aarnab
rabbitsأَرَانِب - aaraaneb
snakeثُعْبَان - tho'baan
snakesثَعَابِيْن - tha'aabeeen
tigerنَمِر - namer
tigersنَمُّور - namowr
wolfذِئْب - the'b
wolvesذِئَاب - the'aab

Plural and Singular have a very important role in Arabic, therefore they need very special attention. Once you're done with Arabic Plural, you might want to check the rest of our Arabic lessons here: Learn Arabic. Don't forget to bookmark this page.


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