Question words

Question words

 

أَ؟

/ʼa/

and

هَلْ؟

/hal/

are used to ask questions


that can be answered with “Yes or No”.

 

 

 


 

 

Examples:

هَلْ أَنْتَ سامي؟

/hal ʼanta saamee/

Are you Sami?

Or

هَلْ ذَهَبْتَ إِلى المَدْرَسَةِ؟

/hal THahabta ʼilaa ilmadrasati/

Did you go to school?

 

 

 

 

 


 

Example:

أَتَتَعَلَّمُ العَرَبِيَّةَ يا تومُ؟

/ʼatataʻallamu ilʻarabiyyata yaa tomu/

Do you learn Arabic Tom?

 

 

 

 


 

 

كَيْفَ؟

/kayfa/

Means

How?

 

 

 

 


 

Example:

كَيْفَ حالُكِ؟

/kayfa Haaluki/

How are you? (To a female)

 

 

 

 


 

 

Example:

كَيْفَ أَذْهَبُ إِلى السُّوقِ؟

/kayfa ʼaTHhabu ʼilaa issooqi/

How can I go to the market?

 

 

 

 


 


ماذا؟

/maaTHaa/

Means

What?

ماذا؟

can be used only with verbs.

 

 

 

 


 

 

Example:

ماذا سَوْفَ تَفْعَلُ غَدًا؟

/maaTHaa sawfa tafʻalu ghadan/

What are you up to tomorrow?

 

 

 

 


 

 

أَيْنَ؟

/ʼayna/

Means

Where?

 

 

 

 

 


 

 

Example:

أَيْنَ الحَمَّامُ مِنْ فَضْلِكِ؟

/ʼayna ilHammaamu min fadhliki/

Where is the restroom please? (To a female)

 

 

 

 


 

مِنْ أَيْنَ؟

/min ʼayna/

Means

Where … from?

 

 

 

 

 


 

Example:

مِنْ أَيْنَ أَنْتِ يا فَرَحُ؟

/min ʼayna ʼanti yaa faraHu/

Where are you from Farah?

 

 

 

 


 

 

إِلى أَيْنَ؟

/ʼilaa ʼayna/

Means

Where to…?

 

 

 

 


 

Example:

إِلى أَيْنَ تَذْهَبُ يا أَبي؟

/ʼilaa ʼayna taTHhabu yaa ʼabee/

Where are you going dad?

 

 

 

 


 

مَتى؟

/mataa/

Means

When?

 

 

 


 

Example:

مَتى سَوْفَ نَلْتَقي؟

/mataa sawfa naltaqee/

When are we going to meet?

 

 

 


 

Example:

مُنْذُ مَتى لا تَأْكُلُ اللَّحْمَ؟

/munTHu mataa laa taʼkulu illaHma/

Since when you stopped eating meat?

 

 

 

 


 

 

لِماذا؟

/limaaTHaa/

Means

Why?

 

 

 

 

 


 

 

Example:

لِماذا تَتَعَلَّمينَ العَرَبِيَّةَ يا سَلْمى؟

/limaaTHaa tataʻallameena ilʻarabiyyata yaa salmaa/

Why are you learning Arabic, Salma?

 

 

 

 


 

 

كَمْ

/kam/

Means

How much/ How many?

 

 

 

 


 

 

Example:

كَمْ ثَمَنُ هَذا؟

/kam thamanu haTHaa/

How much is this?

 

 

 

 

 


 

 

Example:

أَيُّ كِتابٍ قَرَأْتَ؟

/ʼayyu kitaabin qaraʼta/

Which book have you read?

 

 

 

 

 


 

 

 

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