ماذا

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Arabic[edit]

Etymology[edit]

Composed of مَا ‎(, what [is]) + هٰذَا ‎(hāḏā, this).

Pronunciation[edit]

  • IPA(key): /ˈmaː.ða/
    IPA(key): [ˈmæː.ðæ] (Egypt)
    IPA(key): [ˈmaː.ða] (Levant)
    IPA(key): [ˈmæː.ðɐ] (central Arabia)
    IPA(key): [ˈmɑː.ðɐ] (Persian Gulf)
    IPA(key): [ˈmɛː.ðæ] (Tunisia)

Pronoun[edit]

مَاذَا ‎(māḏā?

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

Usage notes[edit]

  • The word "ماذا" is used with verbs, whereas "ما" is used with nouns or pronouns.