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Basic Arabic

A Grammar and Workbook, 1st Edition

By Waheed Samy, Leila Samy


358 pages

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Basic Arabic: A Grammar and Workbook comprises an accessible reference grammar with related exercises in a single volume.

This book presents 51 units, covering the key grammar points which students would expect to encounter in their first year of learning Arabic. Examples and exercises are provided throughout, allowing students to reinforce and consolidate their learning.

Key features include:

  • Clear, accessible format
  • Many useful language examples
  • Jargon-free explanations of grammar
  • Abundant exercises with full answer key
  • Subject index

Clearly presented and user-friendly, Basic Arabic is an ideal grammar reference and practice resource for both beginners and students with some knowledge of the language. It is suitable for both class use and independent study.


"It covers just about everything a beginner needs to know about a rich, complex and fascinating language sought out by countless learners across the globe." The Huffington Post.

Table of Contents

Preface 1. Word Boundaries in Written Arabic 2. Meaning and Grammatical Categories Encapsulated in a Word 3. Arabic Grammar Paradigm 4. The Arabic Language Writing System 5. Function of Diacritics 6. Agreement 7. Pronouns 8. Demonstratives 9. Case Marking: Noun Words 10. Noun Type Words: Syntactic Function, Case Name and Case Marking 11. Syntactic Functions and their Case Markers 12. Noun Types 13. The "Human" Vs "Non-Human" Classification of Nouns 14. The Human Category Nouns 15. The Non-Human Category Nouns 16. Noun Attributes: Number, Gender, Case, Definiteness 17. Numbers and Counting 18. The Sentence—the basics 19. The Noun-Adjective Phrases 20. Adjectives: Agreement with Nouns 21. The ‘Idafa Phrase 22. The ‘Idafa Adjective Phrase 23. The definite article 24. Prepositions 25. Adverbials 26. To have 27. Questions 28. Negation 29. About the Arabic verb 30. Conjugating the perfect 31. Conjugating the imperfect 32. Subject and mood markers of the imperfect verb 33. Verb patterns 34. The Perfect, Form I 35. The Perfect, Form II 36. The Perfect, Form III 37. The Perfect, Form IV 38. The Perfect, Form V 39. The Perfect, Form VI 40. The Perfect, Form VII 41. The Perfect, Form VIII 42. The Perfect, Form IX 43. The Perfect, Form X 44. Noun-Verb Paradigm Chart 45. Time 46. Verb-Subject Agreement 47. Constituents of Verb-Type Words 48. Verb Types 49. Adverbs marked by accusative case 50. The Passive Voice 51. Inflecting the verb for the passive voice Workbook and Answers

About the Series

Grammar Workbooks

These titles combine explanation with exercise work. The Basic Grammar Workbooks are for learners starting at elementary level. Intermediate Grammar Workbooks follow on from these and are for learners who have achieved basic proficiency and wish to progress to more complex language. Each combines clear, concise grammar explanations with communicatively oriented exercises to help build confidence and fluency.
Suitable for independent learners and students on taught courses, the Basic and Intermediate volumes together form a structured course of the essentials of each language's grammar.

All Grammar Workbooks are available as inspection copies.

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