ماذا

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Arabic[edit]

Etymology[edit]

Composed of مَا (, what [is]) + ذَا (ḏā).

Pronunciation[edit]

  • IPA(key): /maː.ðaː/
    IPA(key): [ˈmæː.ðæ], [ˈmæː.zæ] (Egypt)
    IPA(key): [ˈmaː.ða], [-æː-], [ˈmaː.za], [-æː-] (Levant)
    IPA(key): [ˈmæː.ðɐ] (central Arabia)
    IPA(key): [ˈmɑː.ðɐ] (Persian Gulf)
    IPA(key): [ˈmɛː.ðæ] (Tunisia)

Pronoun[edit]

مَاذَا (māḏām

  1. what (interrogative pronoun)
  2. what on earth

Usage notes[edit]

  • As an interrogative pronoun, generally the simple form ما is used only in nominal sentences, while the extended form ماذا is used in verbal sentences:
مَا رَأْيُكَ فِي هٰذِهِ ٱلْمَسْأَلَةِ؟‏
mā raʾyuka fī hāḏihi l-masʾalati?
What is your opinion on this issue?
مَاذَا تُفَكِّرُ فِي هٰذِهِ ٱلْمَسْأَلَةِ؟‏
māḏā tufakkiru fī hāḏihi l-masʾalati?
What do you think about this issue?

References[edit]

  • Wehr, Hans (1979), “ما”, in J. Milton Cowan, editor, A Dictionary of Modern Written Arabic, 4th edition, Ithaca, NY: Spoken Language Services, ISBN 0-87950-003-4