Arabic Negation

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Arabic Negation

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

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

In Arabic there are a few words for negation la لا,ma ما and لن lan. Lan is used to negate the future. In Arabic 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 NegationArabic Negation
Negationنَفْي - nafee
he is not hereانَّه لَيْس هُنَا - anah laees honaa
that is not my bookهَذَا لَيْس كِتَابِي - hathaa laees ketaabeee
do not enterلَا تَدْخُل - laa tadkhol

Notice the structure of the Negation in Arabic.

List of Negation in Arabic

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

English NegationArabic Negation
I don't speakأَنَا لَا أَتَكَلَّم - aanaa laa aatakalam
I don't writeأَنَا لَا أَكْتُب - aanaa laa aaktob
I don't driveأَنَا لَا اقُوّد - aanaa laa aqowd
I don't loveأَنَا لَا أُحِب - aanaa laa aoheb
I don't giveأَنَا لَا أُعْطِي - aanaa laa ao'teee
I don't smileأَنَا لَا ابْتَسِم - aanaa laa abtasem
I don't takeأَنَا لَا آَخُذ - aanaa laa aakhoth
he doesn't speakانَّه لَا يَتَحَدَّث - anah laa eeatahadath
he doesn't writeانَّه لَا يَكْتُب - anah laa eeaktob
he doesn't driveانَّه لَا يَقُوْد - anah laa eeaqowd
he doesn't loveانَّه لَا يُحِب - anah laa eeoheb
he doesn't giveانَّه لَا يُعْطِي - anah laa eeo'teee
he doesn't smileانَّه لَا يَبْتَسِم - anah laa eeabtasem
he doesn't takeانَّه لَا يَأْخُذ - anah laa eeaakhoth
we don't speakنَحْن لَا نَتَحَّدَث - nahn laa natahadath
we don't writeنَحْن لَا نَكْتُب - nahn laa naktob
we don't driveنَحْن لَا نُقُوْد - nahn laa noqowd
we don't loveنَحْن لَا نُحِب - nahn laa noheb
we don't giveنَحْن لَا نُعْطِي - nahn laa no'teee
we don't smileنَحْن لَا نَبْتَسِم - nahn laa nabtasem
we don't takeنَحْن لَا نَاخُذ - nahn laa naakhoth

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