In this lesson, we will learn how to say and use that in Arabic. We will also learn how to write and use this demonstrative noun for both masculine and feminine forms.
Continue reading to know its plural form in Arabic as well as how to construct simple sentences using that and what is that in Arabic.
How To Say That In Arabic?
The Arabic words for that is pronounced dhalika and written as ذَلِكَ use for masculine noun and tilka (تِلْكَ) for feminine noun. They called demonstrative pronouns for far object. They are used to mean something or someone that has already been talked about or seen.
That is a book in Arabic is written as ذَلِكَ كِتَابٌ and pronounced dhalika kitaabun.
- That is a star. = ذَلِكَ نَجْمٌ
- That is a cat. = ذَلِكَ قِطٌ
- That is a bed. = ذَلِكَ سَرِيرٌ
- That is a book = ذَلِكَ كِتَابٌ
- That is a door = ذَلِكَ بَابٌ
- That is a house = ذَلِكَ بَيْتٌ
- That is a boy = ذَلِكَ ولد
- That is a pen = ذَلِكَ قَلَمٌ
- That is a chair = ذَلِكَ كُرْسِىٌّ
- That is a key = ذَلِكَ مِفْتَاحٌ
- That is a bed = ذَلِكَ سَرِيرٌ
- That is a desk = ذَلِكَ مَكْتَبٌ
- This is a mosque and that is a house. = هَـٰذَا مَسْجِدٌ وَذلِكَ بَيْتٌ
- This is a horse and that is a donkey. = هَـٰذَا حِصَانٌ وَذلِكَ حِمارٌ
- That is a lady teacher = تِلْكَ مُدَرِّسَةٌ
- That is a bag = تِلْكَ حَقِيبَةٌ
- That is a girl = تِلْكَ فتاة
- That is a bag = تِلْكَ حقيبة
- That is a window = تِلْكَ نافذة
- That is a broom = تِلْكَ مكنسة
- That is an apple = تِلْكَ تفاحة
- That is a bottle = تِلْكَ زجاجة
- That an iron = تِلْكَ مكواة
- That is an egg = تِلْكَ بَيْضَةٌ
- That is Fatima. = تِلْكَ فَاطِمَةُ
- That is a child = تِلْكَ طِفْلَةٌ
- That is a little one (child) = وَتِلْكَ صَغِيرَةٌ
That is why is written in Arabic as لِذلِك and transliterated as lidhalika. It used to make a connection with an earlier statement, While الَّذي (for male) and الَّتي (for female) are used instead of ‘who’ or ‘which’ in the middle of a sentence.
Those in Arabic
The Arabic word for those is pronounced ulā’ika and written أُولَـٰئِكَ. It is the plural form of these demonstrative pronouns and is the same for the masculine and feminine nouns.
The plural form of the demonstrative pronoun for the distant objects is أُولَـٰئِكَ as above. It is an indeclinable word and always takes a /fatħah/ on the last letter.
It must however be remembered that أُولـٰئِكَ is used only for human beings and not for non human beings.
Let’s use some examples for a better understanding of the rule:
- Those are fathers = أُولَـٰئِكَ آبَاءٌ
- Those are mothers = أُولَـٰئِكَ أُمَّهَاتٌ
- Who are those men? = مَنْ أُولَـٰئِكَ الرِّجَالُ؟
- Where are those girls? = أَيْنَ أُولَـٰئِكَ الْبَنَاتُ؟
- Those are pilgrims = أُولَـٰئِكَ حُجَّاجٌ
- Those are nurses = أُولَـٰئِكَ مُمَرِّضَاتٌ
What Is That In Arabic?
What’s that in Arabic is written as مَا ذَلِكَ؟ (maa zalika) for male noun and مَا تِلْكَ؟ (maa Tilka) for female nouns. The plural form is مَا أُولَـٰئِكَ.
- What is That? = مَا ذَلِكَ؟
- What is this and what is that? = مَا هَـٰذَا وَمَا ذَلِكَ؟
Who is That In Arabic?
Who is this in Arabic is written as مَنْ ذَلِكَ؟ and pronounced as man zalika for a male noun and من تِلْكَ (man tilka) for a female. The answer for مَنْ ذَلِكَ؟ should start with ذَلِكَ for masculine and تِلْكَ for feminine.
Is That In Arabic
The Arabic phrase for is this is written as أَذَلِكَ…..؟ and pronounced azalika for masculine or أَتِلْكَ…..؟ pronounced as atilka for feminine. Examples
- Is that a house? = أَذَلِكَ بَيْتٌ؟
- Is that a key? = أَذَلِكَ مِفْتَاحٌ؟
- Is that a dog? = أَذَلِكَ كَلْبٌ؟
- Is that a hen? = أَتِلْكَ دَجَاجَةٌ؟
- No, that is a duck = لاَ، تِلْكَ بَطَّةٌ
The demonstrative pronouns are called أَسْمَاءُ الإِشَارَةِ in Arabic language and have two types. The pronouns which refer to the near objects like هَـٰذَا and هَـٰذِهِ meaning (this for masculine and feminine respectively) are called أَسْمَاءُ الإِشَارَةِ الْقَرِيبَةِ.
And the pronouns which refer to the distant objects like ذَلِكَ and تِلْكَ meaning (that for masculine and feminine respectively) are called أَسْمَاءُ الإِشَارَةِ الْبَعِيدَةِ.
Increase your Arabic vocabulary through the words below, as the more Arabic vocabulary you memorize, the better Arabic language you have.
|What is that (masculine)
|What is that (feminine)
|Is that (feminine)
|Is that (masculine)
|Who is that (feminine)
|Who is that (masculine)