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Classical Syriac[edit]

Etymology 1[edit]

From Proto-Semitic *’anāk-. Compare Arabic أَنَا (ʾanā), Hebrew אֲנִי (ʾănî).



ܐܢܐ (ʾĕnāʾc (plural ܚܢܢ or ܐܢܚܢܢ)

  1. (personal) I
  2. (intensive) I myself

Etymology 2[edit]

Modified from above, with the initial consonant and vowel quiescing.

Alternative forms[edit]



ܐܢܐ (-nāʾc (plural ܚܢܢ)

  1. an enclitic used as a copula for a first-person singular subject; I am
Usage notes[edit]

Usually, the form ܐܢܐ (ʾĕnāʾ) is written separately from the word it follows while the alternative form ܢܐ- (-nāʾ) is written together with the word it follows.

See also[edit]


  • )n)”, in The Comprehensive Aramaic Lexicon Project, Cincinnati: Hebrew Union College, 1986–, retrieved 2011-06-16
  • Costaz, Louis (2002) Dictionnaire syriaque-français : Syriac–English Dictionary, 3rd edition, Beirut: Dar El-Machreq, p. 12b
  • Payne Smith, Jessie (1903) A Compendious Syriac Dictionary Founded Upon the Thesaurus Syriacus of R. Payne Smith, D.D., Oxford: Clarendon Press, p. 21a
  • Sokoloff, Michael (2009) A Syriac Lexicon: A Translation from the Latin, Correction, Expansion, and Update of C. Brockelmann's Lexicon Syriacum, Winona Lake, Indiana; Piscataway, New Jersey: Eisenbrauns; Gorgias Press, p. 58b