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Volume :3 Issue : 9 1983      Add To Cart                                                                    Download

Past And Present Tense Verbs: Which is Derivied From the Other? (in Arabic)

Auther : Daud A. Abdo

This paper deals with the relation between the past tense and present tense verbs in Arabic. Arab grammarians and linguists claim that the present tense verb is derived from the past tense. This claim is obvious from the way they have grouped the different forms of the basic verb and their statement that the stem vowel of the present tense can be predicted from the stem vowel of the past tense.

The writer indicates that if the stem vowel of the past tense is a, there is no way to predict when it is 1 in the present tense and when it is u. He argues that the past tense is derived from the present tense.

A third alternative, namely that the past and present tense verbs are derived from the imperative, is discussed and rejected.

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