Egyptian Negation

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Egyptian Negation

Learning the Egyptian Negation 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 Egyptian language. But first we need to know what the role of Negation is in the structure of the grammar in Egyptian.

Egyptian negation is the process that turns an affirmative statement (I am happy) into its opposite denial (I am not happy).

In Egyptian there are a few words for negation la لا,ma ما and لن lan. Lan is used to negate the future. In Egyptian slang they use the negation ma plus sh ما ش the word being negated put in between, like in French ne – pas (je ne parle pas), for example ma 3araf sh ما عرفش I don’t know, ma 3ali sh معلش , this is a very common phrase meaning It doesn't matter. Here are some examples:

English NegationEgyptian Negation
he is not hereho mesh hena - هو مش هنا
that is not my bookda mesh ketabi - دا مش كتابي
do not entermetedekhelesh - متدخلش

Notice the structure of the Negation in Egyptian.

List of Negation in Egyptian

Below is a list of the Negation and negative expressions in Egyptian placed in a table. Memorizing this table will help you add very useful and important words to your Egyptian vocabulary.

English NegationEgyptian Negation
I don't speakana mabetekelemesh - أنا مابتكلمش
I don't writeana mabeketebesh - أنا مابكتبش
I don't driveana mabeso2esh - أنا مابسوقش
I don't loveana mabe7ebesh - أنا مابحبش
I don't giveana mabedish - أنا مابديش
I don't smileana mebebetesemesh - أنا مببتسمش
I don't takeana mabekhedesh - أنا مابخدش
he doesn't speakho mebitekelemesh - هو مبيتكلمش
he doesn't writeho mabiketebesh - هو مابيكتبش
he doesn't driveho mabiso2esh - هو مابيسوقش
he doesn't loveho mabi7ebesh - هو مابيحبش
he doesn't giveho mabidish - هو مابيديش
he doesn't smileho mabibetesemesh - هو مابيبتسمش
he doesn't takeho mabyakhedesh - هو مابياخدش
we don't speaka7ena mabenetekelemesh - احنا مابنتكلمش
we don't writea7ena mabeneketebesh - احنا مابنكتبش
we don't drivea7ena mabeneso2esh - احنا مابنسوقش
we don't lovea7ena mabene7ebesh - احنا مابنحبش
we don't givea7ena mabenedish - احنا مابنديش
we don't smilea7ena mabenebetesemesh - احنا مابنبتسمش
we don't takea7ena ma benakhedesh - احنا ما بناخدش

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