Beginner - University gym

September 16th, 2011 8 comments
For some university students, the social elements of university life are more important than the actual education itself. Therefore, it is common for students to enquire about university gyms, clubs and societies. Today you will learn how to ask for the gym or a general club.

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BPetrenko
BPetrenko says chat
Wed 21st Sep 11@12:39 pm

nice nice nice thank you !
btw is there any possibility to add the verb's infinitive form ?
Desmond
Desmond says chat
Wed 21st Sep 11@01:43 pm

@ BPetrenko

Arabic verbs have no infinitive.
KarenFaucheux
Wed 21st Sep 11@06:27 pm

@BPetrenko

If you're interested in Arabic grammar, here is a useful site Desmond pointed out to us some time ago: http://arabic.desert-sky.net/

Good luck!
Desmond
Desmond says chat
Wed 21st Sep 11@11:54 pm

@ BPetrenko

You might also consult J. Wightwick / M. Gaatar, Arabic Verbs and Essentials of Grammar.
BPetrenko
BPetrenko says chat
Thu 22nd Sep 11@01:54 pm

wow thanks for help!!!

not the infinite but the "past tense form", I mean the form that I can find in vocabulary koz it is still hard for me to find verbs. you know it has "simple" ...
Desmond
Desmond says chat
Thu 22nd Sep 11@10:22 pm

@ BPetrenko

“Infinitive” is correct English, but “infinite form” isn’t. The word form you are looking for is called a “citation form”, i.e. the form of a lexical set that represents its entire inflectional paradigm in linguistic discussions and dictionary entries. In German and French dictionaries the citation form of a verb is always its infinitive (e.g. “lesen”, “lire”). In most Arabic dictionaries the citation form of a verb is the masculine third personal singular PAST indicative active form (e.g. raja’a (ﺮﺠﻊwink: he came back). There are, however, a few reference works (e.g. Fethi Mansouri’s “Pocket Arabic Dictionary”) where the citation form is the masculine third personal singular PRESENT indicative active form (e.g. yatahaddath (ﻴﺘﺤﺪﺙwink: he speaks).
BPetrenko
BPetrenko says chat
Sun 25th Sep 11@01:58 pm

@Desmond do you really think that I meant "infinite" ... ? )))))

btw thank you for explanation.

so I asked to write the “citation form” for verbs in dictionary boxes under the dialogue in pdf. is it possible ?
Desmond
Desmond says chat
Sun 25th Sep 11@05:48 pm

@ BPetrenko

I must admit I was a bit puzzled. It's often hard to guess what goes on in the minds of people one has never met.

Your suggestion is very sensible, and some other users (including myself) have made similar proposals. Unfortunately, no improvements have been made.

The word lists in the transcripts merely duplicate information that can be found in the section containing the Arabic text and the English translation. Ehab and Mohamed wouldn't have to answer so many questions if all the necessary morphological information was included in the transcripts (past and present tense verb forms, verbal nouns, singular and plural forms of nouns and adjectives, etc.).
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