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Which letters can you add to an Arabic root?

In Arabic, you can only add certain letters to a root – what are they?

Last updated: February 20, 2022

Almost every Arabic word – except proper nouns and foreign words – has a root that consists of three or four letters, so-called radicals. In Arabic, a radical is called حَرْف أَصْلِيّ. It is pretty easy to identify the root (جِذْر) as there are only ten letters in Arabic which can be added to a root. They are called حُرُوف الزِّيادة.

You can remember them easily because they can be summed up in this word: سألتمونيها

Difficult to remember? Well, think of a possible pronunciation, and it will be easy: “sa’altumuuniiha“.


That was quick. Do you know the total number of roots in Arabic?

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