jien

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Japanese[edit]

Romanization[edit]

jien

  1. Rōmaji transcription of じえん

Maltese[edit]

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Etymology[edit]

From Arabic أَنَا(ʾanā) with expressive lengthening of the first syllable (*ʾānā) as generally in Maghrebi dialects; compare Tunisian Arabic آنا(ʾānā), Moroccan Arabic آنا(ʾānā). Eventually from Proto-Semitic *ʾanāku. Prefixed j- occurs more often in Maltese (compare jew); in this case perhaps generalised from a position after the personal suffixes -i, -ni, as in dari jien(a) (my own house). This construction is not very common anymore in Maltese, but it is throughout Arabic.

Pronunciation[edit]

Pronoun[edit]

jien

  1. I

Usage notes[edit]

  • In a standalone context absent of a conjugated verb, this takes on the present tense meaning of "to be".

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