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حرف ساكن

English translation: a vowel or a consonant that is not followed by a vowel

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Arabic term or phrase:حرف ساكن
English translation:a vowel or a consonant that is not followed by a vowel
Entered by: Fuad Yahya
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14:54 Mar 26, 2002
Arabic to English translations [Non-PRO]
Art/Literary
Arabic term or phrase: حرف ساكن
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لا توجد في اللغة العربية كلمة تبدأ بحرف ساكن
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a vowel or a consonant that is not followed by a vowel.
Explanation:
Vowels are not treated as independent letters. They are referred to as HARAKAT, as though their function is simply to "move" the consonants that they follow. A consoanant that is not followed by a vowel is thought of as "not moving" or SAKIN. Vowels themselves are also considered SAKINA. In that sense, they are the "non-moving movers."

Therefore, it would not make sense to start a word with a vowel, since it has no consonant letter to attend to. The alif that some words seem to begin with is actually a hamza, even though standard orthography belies this fact.

another peculiarity of Arabic is that the first consonant of a word is always followed by a vowel. Words do not start with tow consonants in a row, as in the English word "standard." That explains some of the peculiarities of English when spoken with an Arabic accent.

Fuad
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Thank You very much Mr. Fuad
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4 +1a vowel or a consonant that is not followed by a vowel.Fuad Yahya


  

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a vowel or a consonant that is not followed by a vowel.


Explanation:
Vowels are not treated as independent letters. They are referred to as HARAKAT, as though their function is simply to "move" the consonants that they follow. A consoanant that is not followed by a vowel is thought of as "not moving" or SAKIN. Vowels themselves are also considered SAKINA. In that sense, they are the "non-moving movers."

Therefore, it would not make sense to start a word with a vowel, since it has no consonant letter to attend to. The alif that some words seem to begin with is actually a hamza, even though standard orthography belies this fact.

another peculiarity of Arabic is that the first consonant of a word is always followed by a vowel. Words do not start with tow consonants in a row, as in the English word "standard." That explains some of the peculiarities of English when spoken with an Arabic accent.

Fuad

Fuad Yahya
Native speaker of: Native in ArabicArabic, Native in EnglishEnglish
PRO pts in pair: 2542
Grading comment
Thank You very much Mr. Fuad

Peer comments on this answer (and responses from the answerer)
agree  Alaa Zeineldine: Noting also the nuance of همزة الوصل و همزة القطع. Is it worth adding a note?
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