In Arabic, the number 8 – ثَمَانٍ – has some tricky subtleties. We delve deep into the rules and see what the classic grammarians have to say about them.
Collective nouns, plurals and singular units are tricky in Arabic. What are the correct patterns, are they masculine or feminine and should we treat them as singular or plural? An overview
Sibawayhi's book al-Kitab was the first formal and analytical Arabic grammar. It is a groundbreaking work. Some background
Nunation (تنوين) in Arabic is used when there is no definite article ال. But that is only half of the truth. The idea is much deeper.
Nunation (تنوين) can tell you something about the character and personality of a word. It is a deep idea developed by the first Arab grammarians.
Hard to imagine today, but the grandmasters of Arabic grammar were superstars during their lifetime. Here is a list of the TOP 5 Arabic grammarians of all time.
The Arabic broken plural has the effect that scholars still debate how to properly classify the several branches of Semitic languages.
What are the best Arabic grammar books (nahw and sarf) for beginners, intermediate and advanced students? Some recommendations (in English, German, Arabic).
The question of the wasp or hornet - Masʾalat al-Zunbur (مَسْأَلة الزُّنْبُور) - caused Sibawayhi, the most famous Arabic grammarian, to die of anger.