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An Essential Grammar, 2nd Edition

By Faruk Abu-Chacra


476 pages

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This new edition of Arabic: An Essential Grammar is an up-to-date and practical reference guide to the most important aspects of the language.

Suitable for beginners, as well as intermediate students, the book offers a strong foundation for learning the fundamental grammar and structure of Arabic. The complexities of the language are set out in short, readable sections, while exercises and examples are provided throughout.

Features of this new edition include:

  • coverage of the Arabic script and alphabet
  • a chapter on Arabic handwriting
  • a guide to pronunciation
  • full examples throughout.

Ideal for independent learners and for classroom study, Arabic: An Essential Grammar is the complete reference guide to the most important aspects of modern literary Arabic.

Table of Contents

Chapter 1: The Arabic Script,transliteration, alphabet Chapter 2: Pronunciation of consonants Chapter 3: Punctuation, handwriting Chapter 4: Vowels Chapter 5: Saddah, noun cases, nunation as the indefinite form Chapter 6: Long vowels Chapter 7: Hamzah, the Maddah sign Chapter 8: Definite articles Chapter 9: Sun and Moon letters Chapter 10: Gender Chapter 11:Conjunctions, prepositions, the particle Chapter 12: The Idafah construction Chapter 13: number, dual, plural Chapter 14: Perfect tense verbs, roots and radicals Chapter 15: Separate personal pronouns, suffix pronouns Chapter 16: Demonstrative pronouns Chapter 17: Imperfect tense verbs Chapter 18: Derived verb forms Chapter 19: Passive verbs Chapter 20: Rules for writing the Hamsah Chapter 21: Broken plurals, collective nouns Chapter 22: diptotes and triptotes Chapter 23: Participles, verbal nouns Chapter 24: Interrogative particles and pronouns, vocative particles Chapter 25: Adjectival patterns Chapter 26: Inna and its sisters, Kana and its sisters Chapter 27: Relative pronouns, relative clauses Chapter 28: Moods Chapter 29: Doubled verbs Chpater 30: Verbs with Hamzah Chapter 31: Verbs with the weak initial radical Chapter 32: Verbs with the weak middle radical Chapter 33: Verbs with the weak final radical Chapter 34: Cardinal numbers Chapter 35: Ordinal numbers Chapter 36: Exceptions Chapter 37: Verbs of wonder Chapter 38: Adverbs and adverbials Chapter 38: Adverbs and adverbials Chapter 39: Conditional sentences Appendices Paradigms

About the Author

Faruk Abu-Chacra is Senior Lecturer Emeritus in Arabic at the University of Helsinki, Finland.

About the Series

Routledge Essential Grammars

Essential Grammars describe clearly and succinctly the core rules of each language and are up-to-date and practical reference guides to the most important aspects of languages used by contemporary native speakers. They are designed for elementary to intermediate learners and present an accessible description of the language, focusing on the real patterns of use today.
Essential Grammars are a reference source for the learner and user of the language, irrespective of level, setting out the complexities of the language in short, readable sections that are clear and free from jargon.
Essential Grammars are ideal either for independent study or for students in schools, colleges, universities and adult classes of all types.

All Essential Grammars are available as inspection copies.

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
LANGUAGE ARTS & DISCIPLINES / Grammar & Punctuation