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How do you say me in Arabic?

The word “me” can be the direct object of a verb (like in: help me!) – but this is not our story here. We talk about the word إِيّايَ.

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The word “me” can be the direct object of a verb (like in: help me!) – but this is not our story here. We talk about the word إِيّايَ.

It is very rare to come across مَنصُوب () and مَجْرُور (majzum) forms of per­sonal pronouns, but you might find it in literature, in expres­sions like: without me.

pronounexplanationtranslationمَنْصُوب
INotice the فَتْحة above the last letterيmeإِيّايَ
heNotice the ضَمّة above the last letter هhimإِيَّاهُ

Let’s see an example:

translationexamplemeaningArabicpronoun
except meإِلّا إِيّايَmeإِيّايَأَنا
except youإِلّا إِيّاكَyouإِيَّاكَأَنْتَ

You can find more examples and applications in the book Arabic for Nerds. For example, the expression: إِيّاكَ نَعْبُدُ – Thee (alone) we worship – a line from probably the most famous Sura of the Qur’an: الْفاتِحة (the opening).

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Do you know how to use a separate (solo) personal pronoun in Arabic? And how would you express mine in Arabic?

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