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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) that sits on top of أ, and the tall column is its bearer. The composite letter is called أَلِف (ʾalif) and the hamza represents a glottal stop (/ʔ/). (For the pronunciation without hamza, see ا.) It is followed by ب (b).
أَـ • (ʾa-)
- Initial interrogative particle that indicates a yes-or-no question. It’s written together with the following word as all one letter words. Often used in the negative, e.g. أَلَا (ʾa-lā, “isn't, doesn't”), أَلَيْسَ (ʾa-laysa, “isn't, doesn't”).