أي

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See also: إي‎, آی‎, ای, and اي

Arabic[edit]

Etymology 1[edit]

Pronunciation[edit]

Pronoun[edit]

أَيُّ or أَيَّ or أَيِّ or أَيٌّ or أَيًّا or أَيٍّ (ʾayyu or ʾayya or ʾayyi or ʾayyun or ʾayyan or ʾayyin?

  1. which ...? what ...? what kind of ...? (followed by a noun in the genitive or a personal suffix)
    مِنْ أَيِّ بَلَدٍ أَنْتَ؟‎
    min ʾayyi baladin ʾanta?
    From which country are you?
  2. whichever
    أَيَّ كِتَابٍ تَقْرَأْ يُفِدْكَ
    ʾayya kitābin taqraʾ yufidka
    Whichever book you read, it'll benefit you.
    • 609–632 CE, Qur'an, 17:110:
      أَيًّا مَّا تَدۡعُوا۟ فَلَهُ ٱلۡأسۡمَاۤءُ ٱلۡحُسۡنَىٰ
      ʾayyam mā tadʿū fa-lahu l-ʾasmāʾu l-ḥusnā
      [... by] whatever [name] you call upon [Him], to Him belongs the best names.
Derived terms[edit]

Etymology 2[edit]

Adverb[edit]

أَيْ (ʾay)

  1. that is to say, namely, i.e.
References[edit]
  • أي” in J.A. Haywood and H.M. Nahmad (1965), A new Arabic grammar (second edition), London: Lund Humphries, →ISBN