Laa Particle in Arabic

Updated: Sep 4

3 Kinds of Laa:

Imperative Laa + Laa of Negation + Laa of Absolute Negation

In this blog post we will explain in detail about "Laa Particle" in Arabic language, which has different usages. The three kinds of Laa are: لا النَّاهِيَة، ولا النَّافِيَة، ولا النَّافِيَة لِلْجِنْس

Imperative Laa (Particle of Jazm and Order or Request/ Don't!) لا النَّاهِيَة

لا النَّافِيَة Laa of Negation or Particle of Negation

Laa of Absolute Negation or Laa of Quittance or Categorical Negative Laa لا النَّافِيَة لِلْجِنْس

Mind boggled? Don't be, as I will explain what this all means.


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Imperative Laa (Particle of Jazm and Order or Request/ Don't!) لا النَّاهِيَة:

-After it comes a verb in the present tense, 2nd person (You أنت /أنتما/أنتم...), and means a request or order. It changes the present tense and causes it to be in the Jussive mood:

-If the present tense verb after Imperative Laa is a sound verb (does not haveو or ي or ا as one of the three root letters, apart from Hamza الفِعْل الصَّحِيح, ex: َجَلَسَ، حَضَرَ، رَفَع، كَتَبَ،أَخَذَ ،أَمَرَ، أَكَل), the verb will be conjugated in the Jussive with a Sukoun (silent vowel) at the end, ex:

تَكْتُبُ--> لا تَكْتُبْ ;you) write-->(you) don't write)

-If the present tense verb after Imperative Laa is a weak verb (hasو or ي or ا as one of the three root letters الفِعْل المُعْتَلّ, ex: بَاعَ، ضَامَ، وَجَدَ، وَعَدَ، يَئِسَ ), the verb will be conjugated by omitting this vowel sound if it's at the end(و or ي or ا),

ex: تَدْعُو--> لا تَدْعُ ; (you) invite-->(you) don't invite.

-If the present tense verb was one of "The Five Verbs" الأَفْعَال الخَمْسَة, it will be conjugated in the Jussive by omitting or removing the "Noun letter" ن at the end:

(تَفْعَلِينَ You do-female، تَفْعَلُوْنَ You do-Plural، تَفْعَلانِ You do-Dual، يَفْعَلُونَ They do- Plural،

يَفْعَلانِ They do-Dual)

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