Arabic: An Essential Grammar

By Faruk Abu-Chacra

© 2007 – Routledge

368 pages

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About the Book

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, this 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, and exercises and examples are provided throughout. The book is ideal for independent learners as well as for classroom study.

Features of this book include:

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

Table of Contents

1. The Arabic Script, Transliteration, Alphabet 2. Pronunciation of Consonants 3. Punctuation, Handwriting 4. Vowels 5. Saddah, Noun Cases, Nunation as the Indefinite Form 6. Long Vowels 7. Hamzah, the Maddah Sign 8. Definite Articles 9. Sun and Moon Letters 10. Gender 11. Conjunctions, Prepositions, the Particle 12. The Idafah Construction 13. Number, Dual, Plural 14. Perfect Tense Verbs, Roots and Radicals 15. Separate Personal Pronouns, Suffix Pronouns 16. Demonstrative Pronouns 17. Imperfect Tense Verbs 18. Derived Verb Forms 19. Passive Verbs 20. Rules for Writing the Hamsah 21. Broken Plurals, Collective Nouns 22. Diptotes and Triptotes 23. Participles, Verbal Nouns 24. Interrogative Particles and Pronouns, Vocative Particles 25. Adjectival Patterns 26. Inna and its Sisters, Kana and its Sisters 27. Relative Pronouns, Relative Clauses 28. Moods 29. Doubled Verbs 30. Verbs with Hamzah 31. Verbs with the Weak Initial Radical 32. Verbs with the Weak Middle Radical 33. Verbs with the Weak Final Radical 34. Cardinal Numbers 35. Ordinal Numbers 36. Exceptions 37. Verbs of Wonder 38. Adverbs and Adverbials 38. Adverbs and Adverbials 39. Conditional Sentences

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.

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
FOR002000
FOREIGN LANGUAGE STUDY / Arabic
LAN000000
LANGUAGE ARTS & DISCIPLINES / General
LAN006000
LANGUAGE ARTS & DISCIPLINES / Grammar & Punctuation