All About Possession In Moroccan Arabic

Expressing possession in Moroccan Arabic is a skill that you will carry with you in your everyday situations, that’s why it’s a necessity to learn it, the good news: it’s simple and this lesson will prove you just that.

Possession In Moroccan Arabic

There are two ways to express possession in Moroccan Arabic: adding the word “Dyal” (or its synonyms) or adding possessive suffixes.

Expressing Possession With The Word “Dyal” (and its synonyms)

Take a look at this sentence: hadi tefaha dyal Oualid, (this is the apple of Oualid) dyal here is the equivalent of of in English, what if we want to say “my apple, his apple” for example?:

EnglishTranscribed Moroccan ArabicUsing Arabic Alphabet
My/MineDyaliديالي
Your/YoursDyalkديالك
His/HisDyaloديالو
Her/HersDyalhaديالها
Our/OursDyalnaديالنا
Your/Yours (plural)Dyalkumديالكم
Their/TheirsDyalhumديالهم

Example: ktab (book):

EnglishTranscribelktab d Moroccan ArabicUsing Arabic Alphabet
My booklktab dyaliالكتاب ديالي
Your booklktab dyalkالكتاب ديالك
His booklktab dyaloالكتاب ديالو
Her booklktab dyalhaالكتاب ديالها
Our booklktab dyalnaالكتاب ديالنا
Your book (plural)lktab dyalkumالكتاب ديالكم
Their booklktab dyalhumالكتاب ديالهم

Notice that the noun used with “dyal” is alwasy used with the definite article.

Expressing Possession With The Possessive Suffixes

The Possessive Suffixes In Moroccan Arabic:

EnglishTranscribed Moroccan ArabicUsing Arabic Alphabet
My-i
Your-k
His-o
Her-ha-ها
Our-na-نا
Your (plural)-kum-كم
Their-hum-هم

Examples:

Ktab:

EnglishTranscribed Moroccan ArabicUsing Arabic Alphabet
Myktabiكتابي
Yourktabkكتابك
Hisktaboكتابو
Herktabhaكتابها
Ourktabnaكتابنا
Your (plural)ktabkumكتابكم
Theirktabhumكتابهم

Tefaha:

As almost every word that has “a” at the end, Tefaha/تفاحة is a feminine word, that “a” at the end is the Arabic “taa marbota” that comes at the end of the feminine words as we talked about here. With that being said, adding the possessive suffix will require transforming that “a” to its origin “t” :

EnglishTranscribed Moroccan ArabicUsing Arabic Alphabet
Mytefahtiتفاحتي
Yourtefahtkتفاحتك
Histefahtoتفاحتو
Hertefahthaتفاحتها
Ourtefahtnaتفاحتنا
Your (plural)tefahtkumتفاحتكم
Theirtefahthumتفاحتهم

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