Arabic Nouns of Interrogation

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 Arabic Nouns of Interrogation

Interrogative Pronouns

 

 

We have covered yes/no questions, and seen that they were formed by means of interrogative particles. The rest of the words used in interrogation are all pronouns (nouns in Arabic grammar). They are used to form questions about such details as what, who, when, where, etc.

 

Nouns of Interrogation

أَسْمَاْءُ الاِسْتِفْهَاْمِ

What

maa

مَاْ

Who

man

مَنْ

When

mataa

مَتَىْ

‘ayyaan(a)

أَيَّاْنَ

Where

‘ayn(a)

أَيْنَ

How

kayf(a)

كَيْفَ

How many

kam

كَمْ

How much

How

‘annaa

أَنَّىْ

When

Where

Which (of)

‘ayy(u)

أَيُّ

 

Except for ‘ayy(u), all of the interrogative nouns are “built” words, which means that they do not show case inflection. They also do not change to suit different genders or numbers.

They are used in a similar way to the interrogative particles.