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1. Definition: Morphology and tense

Fiʿl (etymologically ‘fact, operation’) is generally translated by ‘verb’. It is not, as one might have assumed, the noun depicting the process (maṣdar) of the verb faʿala ‘to do’, since the verbs constructed in the form CaCaCa derive their maṣdar in the form CaCC (al-Xalīl, al-ʿAyn, s.v. f-ʿ-l), apparently with the exception of three verbs whose maṣdar

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Hassan Salam Bazzi Hamzé, “Fiʿl”, in: Encyclopedia of Arabic Language and Linguistics, Managing Editors Online Edition: Lutz Edzard, Rudolf de Jong. Consulted online on 21 February 2024 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/1570-6699_eall_EALL_COM_vol2_0015>
First published online: 2011
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004177024, 20090831

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