Modern Standard Arabic Grammar: A Concise Guide / Edition 1

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In a compact, easy-to-use format, this new book offers a convenient guide to grammar for any student of Modern Standard Arabic (MSA), the version of Arabic mostly commonly used in journalism, formal writing, and litera-ture. Drawing on over a decade of experience as a full-time teacher of Arabic, Azza Hassanein explains the rules in straight-forward English, illustrating usage with examples throughout. The book covers all the rules of grammar and morphology that students require for elementary, intermediate, and advanced levels of Arabic. As a compact guide, it is an ideal auxiliary, no matter what textbook the student is using. While students of the language will find Modern Standard Arabic Grammar extremely helpful, it is also a valuable tool for linguists who want to acquire a clear idea about the skeletal structure of the language, as well as translators who are working with written Arabic.
Covering all the important grammatical rules of MSA, from nisba adjectives and nominal and verbal sentences to more complex constructions such as condi-tional sentences and the subjunctive, this unique handbook fills a real need for the growing number of people worldwide learning Arabic.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9789774160127
  • Publisher: American University in Cairo Press, The
  • Publication date: 10/15/2010
  • Edition description: Bilingual
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 120
  • Sales rank: 1,458,640
  • Product dimensions: 5.80 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 0.40 (d)

Meet the Author

Azza Hassanein holds a BA from Mansoura University and an MA in Teaching Arabic as a Foreign Language from the American University in Cairo, where she has taught Arabic since 1994.

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Table of Contents

1. Derivation and the Pattern System
2. The Definite Article and Solar and Lunar Letters
3. Interrogative Particles
4. Case
5. Singular, Dual, and Plural
6. Demonstratives
7. Nasab Adjectives
8. Idaafa Construction
9. Pronouns: Separate Pronouns and Pronominal Suffixes
10. Prepositions
12. Types of Sentences
13. Verbs
14. Verb Conjugations
15. Kana and Its Sisters
16. Inna and Its Sisters
17. Kada and Its Sisters
18. Passive Voice
19. Jussive and Subjunctive
20. Negation
21. Relative Pronouns
22. The Five Nouns
23. Abbreviated and Defective Nouns
24. Diptotes
25. Verbal Nouns
26. Active Participles
27. Passive Participles
28. Nouns of Place
29. Accusative of State
30. Accusative of Cognate
31. Accusative of Cause or Purpose
32. Adverbials of Time and Place
33. Accusative of Specification
34. Comparatives and Superlatives
35. Exceptions
36. Vocative
37. Wonder Construction
38. Absolute Negation
39. Conditional Sentence
40. Sentences that Function as Words
41. Types of Laa
42. Types of Maa
43. Types of Hatta

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