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In all varieties of Arabic, there is in general a clear distinction between verbs and other parts of speech. Morphologically, only verbs have an opposition between perfect and imperfect, with subject-verb agreement in person-gender-number shown by means of suffixes in the perfect and a combination of prefixes and suffixes in the imperfect. Even when a verb lacks certain forms, as when Classical/Modern Standard Arabic laysa has no imperfect forms (defective verb), the existing forms can be readily assigned to a position in the verbal paradigm. There are also more s…

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Bernard Comrie, “Pseudoverb”, in: Encyclopedia of Arabic Language and Linguistics, Managing Editors Online Edition: Lutz Edzard, Rudolf de Jong. Consulted online on 22 February 2024 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/1570-6699_eall_EALL_SIM_vol3_0111>
First published online: 2011
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004177024, 20090831

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