To form the interrogative
in Arabic you just need to place the word “hal” هل
in the beginning of the sentence, easy!
Hal means do or does.
Does he have a house? =
Do you smoke = hal tudakhen?
There are other ways to make questions in Arabic
using interrogative pronouns, just add them to your sentence and unlike
English, in Arabic you don’t need to change the order of the sentence:
What = matha (th
pronounced as in that)
What do you want? Matha tureed?
Who = man
who are you? Man ant?
How = kaifa
How are you? Kaifa haaluk?
At what time = mataa
at what time are you coming? Mataa sata’tee?
Where = aina
Where are you going? Aina anta daaheb?
From where = men aina
From where did you come? Men aina atait?
Which = ayya
Which city? Ayya madina?
When = mataa
When are you going to go to be? Mataa satanaam?
How much/ many = kam
How much is this book? Kam howa hatha
هو هذا الكتاب؟
Why = lematha (th pronounced
as in that) لماذا
Why are you here? Lematha anta huna?
Negation in Arabic:
Very simple and easy to form a
negation in Arabic, just place “laaلا
” before the verb: for example:
I don’t like it = laa
Literally it means (No I like it).
I don’t want it = laa
أريدها, coffee is a drink I don’t like
= al qahwah mashroobun laa ohibuh
القهوة مشروب لا
To say “I’m not, he is not, she is not, we’re not….” In
Arabic we use “laisa ليس”, which
is a verb that you need to conjugate: