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Classical Syriac[edit]

Etymology 1[edit]

From the older form ܐܢܚܢܢ ([ʾə]naḥnan); archaic in Classical Syriac and only used in literary or formal contexts. Compare Arabic نَحْنُ (naḥnu) and Hebrew אֲנַחְנוּ (ʾănaḥnû).



ܚܢܢ (ḥənanc (singular ܐܢܐ)

  1. (personal) we
  2. (intensive) we ourselves
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Etymology 2[edit]

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

Alternative forms[edit]



ܚܢܢ ([ḥə]nan, -nanc (singular ܐܢܐ)

  1. an enclitic used as a copula for a first-person plural subject; we are
Usage notes[edit]

Usually, the form ܚܢܢ ([ḥə]nan) is written separately from the word it follows while the alternative form -ܢܢ (-nan) is written together with the word it follows.

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Etymology 3[edit]


Proper noun[edit]

ܚܢܢ (transliteration neededm

  1. Annas (Biblical figure)
  2. A male given name.

Etymology 4[edit]



ܚܢܢ (transliteration needed)

  1. absolute singular of ܚܢܢܐ
  2. construct singular of ܚܢܢܐ


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