أي

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See also: إي‎, آی‎, ای, and اي

Arabic[edit]

Etymology 1[edit]

Pronunciation[edit]

  • IPA(key): /ʔajj/
  • (file)

Pronoun[edit]

أَيّ (ʾayym or f

  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?
    أَيًّا مِنْ هٰذِهِ الْأَلْعَابِ تُفَضِّلُ؟‎‎
    ʾayyan min hāḏihi l-ʾalʿābi tufaḍḍilu?
    Which of these games do you prefer?
    • 609–632 CE, Qur'an, 31:34:
      وَمَا تَدْرِي نَفْسٌ مَاذَا تَكْسِبُ غَدًا وَمَا تَدْرِي نَفْسٌ بِأَيِّ أَرْضٍ تَمُوتُ
      wa-mā tadrī nafsun māḏā taksibu ḡadan wa-mā tadrī nafsun bi-ʾayyi ʾarḍin tamūtu
      [...] and no soul perceives in what land it will die.
  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 مَا تَدْعُوا فَلَهُ ٱلْأَسْمَاءُ ٱلْحُسْنَى
      ʾayyan mā tadʿū fa-lahu l-ʾasmāʾu l-ḥusnā
      [... by] whatever [name] you call upon [Him], to Him belongs the best names.
  3. any
    زُرْنِي فِي أَيِّ وَقْتٍ
    zurnī fī ʾayyi waqtin
    Visit me at any time.
Derived terms[edit]
Declension[edit]

Etymology 2[edit]

Conjunction[edit]

أَيْ (ʾay)

  1. that is to say, namely, i.e.
References[edit]
  • Haywood, J.A.; Nahmad, H.M. (1965) , “أي”, in A new Arabic grammar, 2nd edition, London: Lund Humphries, →ISBN