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G. N. Groffman's introduction to Standard Arabic takes absolute beginners to a level at which they will be able to read, write, and speak Arabic with some proficiency. The author begins by explaining the forms of the Arabic letters and the rules for their pronunciation. He then provides a systematic coverage of Arabic grammar. He describes the major syntactic rules, word formation, the principal verb types, nouns, prepositions and particles, and dates and numbers. He does so in a way that is easily followed by the reader, with numerous practice exercises at every stage and regular advice on commonly encountered difficulties. He ends the book with a useful reference table of verbs, substantial English-Arabic and Arabic-English vocabularies, and a comprehensive grammatical index. This up-to-date and approachable course is aimed at students. It will also be a valuable guide for all those, including scholars, diplomats, and business people, who need a working knowledge of Arabic.
Gerald Groffman studied Russian and French at the University of Oxford and Arabic at the University of Exeter. He was Head of Oriental Languages at Marlborough College until his retirement in 2000. It was from Marlborough in 1983 that he initiated the Schools Arabic Project to promote the teaching of Arabic in British schools.
Table of Contents
|The Arabic Alphabet|
|Special Features of Pronunciation|
|Present Tense of the Verb `to be': Asking a question|
|Gender in Nouns: Ordinal Numerals: Gender Agreement; Cardinal Numerals: 1 to10; Independent or Subject Pronouns|
|Case Endings - Indefinite Nouns|
|Case Endings for Adjectives: Cardinal Numerals|
|Use of Verbs: Use of the Accusative|
|Pronoun Suffixes, prepositions with - their Vowel and Spelling Changes, -Verbs with -|
|The Verb `to please'; The Verb `not to be'; Perfect Tense of Five HollowVerbs|
|Verbs: The Imperfect Indicative|
|Hollow Verbs: The Imperfect Indicative|
|The Dual Endings of Nouns, Adjectives, and Pronouns|
|The Dual of Verbs|
|The Negative of the Imperfect Indicative|
|The Plural of Nouns and Adjectives - The Sound Plural - Nisbah Adjectives -Masculine Sound Plural as first term of an Idaafah|
|The Triliteral Root System of Arabic Words|
|Subjunctive and Future Tenses: Assimilated Verbs|
|The Derived Forms of Arabic Verbs|
|The Pluperfect and Past Imperfect|
|The Verbal Noun|
|The Indeterminate Relative Pronouns|
|Affirmative Imperative Forms of Verbs: Negative Imperative|
|Hollow Verbs - Forms I to X|
|Ordinal Numbers: Telling the Time|
|Active Participles of Verbs: Impersonal Expressions with a Following Clause|
|The Elative (Arabic Comparative and Superlative)|
|Phonetic Change in Nouns and Adjectives: Using the Cardinal Numbers; TheCalendar in the Arab World|
|The Passive Voice|
|The Haal Clause|
|Doubled Verbs: The Subjunctive: Summary of Uses|
|Verbal Nouns: Accusative of Cause, Reason, or Purpose; Quadriliteral Vebs|
|Jussive Indirect Commands|
|Reference Tables of Verbs|
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