نحن

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See also: نجن and نخن

Arabic[edit]

Etymology 1[edit]

From Proto-Semitic *niḥnu. Cognate with Hebrewאנחנו⁩.

Pronunciation[edit]

  • IPA(key): /naħ.nu/
  • (file)

Pronoun[edit]

نَحْنُ (naḥnum pl or f pl (enclitic formـنَا(-nā))

  1. we (subject pronoun)
Usage notes[edit]

As Arabic does not use dual forms in the first person, ⁧نَحْنُ(naḥnu) is used in cases where there are two people involved in addition to the usual three or more required for plural number.

See also[edit]
Arabic personal pronouns
Isolated nominative pronouns
singular dual plural
1st person أَنَا(ʔanā) نَحْنُ(naḥnu)
2nd person m أَنْتَ(ʔanta) أَنْتُمَا(ʔantumā) أَنْتُمْ(ʔantum)
f أَنْتِ(ʔanti) أَنْتُنَّ(ʔantunna)
3rd person m هُوَ(huwa) هُمَا(humā) هُمْ(hum), ⁧هُمُ(humu)1
f هِيَ(hiya) هُنَّ(hunna)
Isolated accusative pronouns
singular dual plural
1st person إِيَّايَ(ʔiyyāya) إِيَّانَا(ʔiyyānā)
2nd person m إِيَّاكَ(ʔiyyāka) إِيَّاكُمَا(ʔiyyākumā) إِيَّاكُم(ʔiyyākum)
f إِيَّاكِ(ʔiyyāki) إِيَّاكُنَّ(ʔiyyākunna)
3rd person m إِيَّاهُ(ʔiyyāhu) إِيَّاهُمَا(ʔiyyāhumā) إِيَّاهُمْ(ʔiyyāhum)
f إِيَّاهَا(ʔiyyāhā) إِيَّاهُنَّ(ʔiyyāhunna)
Enclitic accusative and genitive pronouns
singular dual plural
1st person ـنِي(-nī), ⁧ـنِيَ(-niya), ⁧ـي(-y), ⁧ـيَ(-ya)2 ـنَا(-nā)
2nd person m ـكَ(-ka) ـكُمَا(-kumā) ـكُم(-kum)
f ـكِ(-ki) ـكُنَّ(-kunna)
3rd person m ـهُ(-hu), ⁧ـهِ(-hi)3 ـهُمَا(-humā), ⁧ـهِمَا(-himā)3 ـهُم(-hum), ⁧ـهِم(-him)3
f ـهَا(-hā) ـهُنَّ(-hunna), ⁧ـهِنَّ(-hinna)3
1. ⁧هُمْ(hum) becomes ⁧هُمُ(humu) before the definite article ⁧الـ(al--).
2. Specifically, ⁧ـنِي(-nī, me) is attached to verbs, but ⁧ـِي() or ⁧ـيَ(-ya, my) is attached to nouns. In the latter case, ⁧ـيَ(-ya) is attached to nouns whose construct state ends in a long vowel or diphthong (e.g. in the sound masculine plural and the dual), while ⁧ـِي() is attached to nouns whose construct state ends in a short vowel, in which case that vowel is elided (e.g. in the sound feminine plural, as well as the singular and broken plural of most nouns). Furthermore, of the masculine sound plural is assimilated to before ⁧ـيَ(-ya) (presumably, -aw of masculine defective -an plurals is similarly assimilated to -ay). Prepositions use ⁧ـِي() or ⁧ـيَ(-ya), even though in this case it has the meaning of “me” rather than “my”. The sisters of inna can use either form (e.g. ⁧إِنَّنِي(ʔinnanī) or ⁧إِنِّي(ʔinnī)).
3. ⁧ـهِـ(-hi-) occurs after -i, , or -ay, and ⁧ـهُـ(-hu-) elsewhere (after -a, , -u, , -aw).

References[edit]

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

Etymology 2[edit]

Pronunciation 1[edit]

Verb[edit]

نَحْنُ (naḥnu) (form I)

  1. first-person plural non-past active jussive of حَنَا(ḥanā)

Pronunciation 2[edit]

Verb[edit]

نَحْنِ (naḥni) (form I)

  1. first-person plural non-past active jussive of حَنَى(ḥanā)

Pronunciation 3[edit]

Verb[edit]

نُحْنَ (nuḥna) (form I)

  1. first-person plural non-past passive jussive of حَنَا(ḥanā)
  2. first-person plural non-past passive jussive of حَنَى(ḥanā)

References[edit]

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

Gulf Arabic[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Arabicنَحْنُ(naḥnu).

Pronunciation[edit]

Pronoun[edit]

نحن (niḥin)

  1. we (subject pronoun)

See also[edit]

Gulf Arabic personal pronouns
Singular Plural
1st person آنا(āna) احنا(aḥna, iḥna) / ⁧نحن(niḥin)
2nd person m انت(inta, int) انتو(intaw, intu)
f انتي(intay, inti)
3rd person m اهوه(uhwa) / ⁧اهو(uhu) اهمه(uhma) / ⁧اهم(uhum)
f اهيه(ihya) / ⁧اهي(ihi)