chapter  15
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The non-human category nouns

This chapter covers some grammar points in which students would expect to encounter in their first year of learning Arabic. Examples and exercises are provided throughout, allowing students to reinforce and consolidate their learning. A noun-adjective phrase, which occurs very frequently in Arabic, consists of a noun followed by one or more adjectives. In a noun-adjective phrase the adjective follows the noun. Before a more detailed exposition of adjectival agreement with nouns, it is necessary to look at the following topics: Noun types: not all nouns can function as adjectives. Human vs non-human classification of nouns: the classification of a noun as human or non-human affects its gender and number. Noun: number, gender, definiteness, case. Basic Arabic is an ideal grammar reference and practice resource for both beginners and students with some knowledge of the language. It is suitable for both class use and independent study.