Plurals in Moroccan Arabic – The Definitive Guide

In this lesson, we will talk about the plurals in Moroccan Arabic, how to form them, and some irregular forms.

Plurals In Moroccan Arabic

Plurals in Moroccan Arabic

The Regular Plurals

To form the plural, we add the suffix “in” to the end of the masculine word, and “at” to the end of the feminine one.

EnglishMasculine SingularMasculine Plural
ActorMomettil ممتلMomettilin ممتلين
EngineerMohendis مهندسMohendisin مهندسين
AthleteRiyadi رياضيRiyadiyin رياضيين
InspectorMufettish مفتشMufettishin مفتشين
JournalistSa7afi صحفيSa7afiyin صحفيين
LawyerMo7ami محاميMo7amiyin محاميين
PainterRessam رسامRessamin رسامين
TranslatorMoterjim مترجمMoterjimin مترجمين
BlueZrq زرقZrqin زرقين
PurpleBanafsaji بنفسجيBanafsajiyin بنفسجيين
YellowSfr صفرSfrin صفرين

For feminine:

EnglishFeminine SingularFeminine Plural
ActressMomettila ممتلةMomettilat ممتلات
EngineerMohendisa مهندسةMohendisat مهندسات
AthleteRiyadiya رياضيةRiyadiyat رياضيات
InspectorMufettisha مفتشةMufettishat مفتشات
JournalistSa7afiya صحفيةSa7afiyat صحفيات
LawyerMo7amiya محاميةMo7amiyat محاميات
PainterRessama رسامةRessamat رسامات
TranslatorMoterjima مترجمةMoterjimat مترجمات
BlueZrqa زرقةZrqat زرقات
PurpleBanafsajiya بنفسجيةBanafsajiyat بنفسجيات
YellowSfra صفرةSfrat صفرات

Note: for words ending with “i” we add “y” before the suffix: banafsaji (purple, singular): banafsajiyin (purple, masculine, plural)

Adjectives

It’s common to use the masculine plural form of adjectives, for feminine as well.

Examples:

White refrigerators: tellajat bydin, you will rarely find someone saying “tellajat bydat”

Beautiful cars: tonobilat zwinin

The Irregular Plural

Also called “the broken plural”, there are no rules for them, so I made this list to help you with some of them:

EnglishSingularPlural
BakerKhebbaz (m) خباز
Khebbaza (f) خبازة
Khebbaza خبازة
BigKbir كبيرKbar (m and f) كبار
Kbarat (f) كبارات
BookKtab كتابKtuba كتوبة
CheapRkhis رخيصRkhas (m, f) رخاص
CookTebbakh طباخTebbakha (m, f) طباخة
Tebbakhat (f) طباخات
Dear3ziz عزيز3zaz (m,f) عزاز
3zizat (f) عزيزات
DumbGhabi غبيAghbiya (m,f) أغبياء
FarB3id بعيدB3ad (m,f) بعاد
B3adat (f) بعادات
HeavyTqil تقيلTqal (m,f) تقال
Tqalat (f) تقالات
InnocentBari2 بريءAbriya2 (m,f) أبرياء
JealousMeghyar مغيارMeghyara (m,f) مغيارة
Meghyarat (f) مغيارات
JudgeQadi قاضيQodat (m,f) قضاة
ManRajel راجلRjal رجال
NewJdid جديدJdad (m,f) جداد
Jdadat(f) جدادات (less used)
OldQdim قديمQdam (m,f) قدام
Professor (m)Ostad أستاذAsatida أساتذة
Professor (f)Ostada أستاذةOstadat أستاذات
ShortQsir قصيرQsar (m,f) قصار
Qsarat (f) قصارات
SickMrid مريضMrad (m,f) مراض
SmallSghir صغيرSghar (m,f) صغار
Sgharat (f) صغارات
TallTwil طويلTwal (m,f) طوال
WomanMra مرا3yalat عيالات
WriterKatib كاتبKuttab كتاب

Note: As we have just seen in the previous section about the plural of adjectives, you can use the masculine plural for both masculine and feminine (m, f) yet I included the feminine form in case you wanted to use them anyway or were curious about them.

Continue learning Moroccan Arabic with us here.

Happy learning!

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