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|Unicode name||ARABIC LETTER ALEF WITH HAMZA ABOVE|
Combined with fatha: أَ : /ʔa/
Combined with damma: أُ : /ʔu/
أ / أ • (ʾ)
- The first letter of the Arabic alphabet is the small hamza (ء (ʾ)) that sits on top of أ (ʾ), and the tall column is its bearer. The composite letter is called الف (al-f) (’álif) and the hamza represents a glottal stop (/ʔ/). (For the pronunciation without hamza, see ا.) It is followed by ب (b).
أـ • (ʾa-)
- Initial interrogative particle that indicates a yes-or-no question, usually precedes a noun or a pronoun, not a verb or an adjective. It’s written together with the following word as all one letter words.