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Is there a one-letter-word in Arabic?

Yes, there are one-letter-words in Arabic. You probably know the word for and وَ. But there is more – the imperative.

Last updated: May 2, 2021

One-letter-words, that are based on a root, are very rare. They are only possible in the im­perative (أَمْر) of some verbs.

These verbs have two weak letters (حَرْف الْعِلّة) in the root and only one “strong” consonant.

One-letter-words in Arabic – let’s look at some examples.

meaningverbpronunciationimperative
protect!وَقَىqi!!قِ
pay attention!وَعَى3i!!عِ
carry out!وَفَىfi!!فِ

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It can be difficult to understand these forms correctly. Let’s have a look at this example:

…and protect us from the punishment of the Fire  (Sura 2:201)…  وَقِنَا عَذَابَ النَّارِ

That was a quick bite.

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2 comments
  1. How are such imperatives pronounced in pausa? I understand each has an alternative form with a final هاء (e.g., قِهْ, عِهْ, فِهْ and لِهْ), which is pronounced with the vowel and a final [h], but is it even possible for the forms without the هاء to be pronounced in pausa?

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