Thread poster: Malika Lakbiach

Malika Lakbiach  Identity Verified
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Jun 21, 2018

I am confused as to whether the phrasal noun "سوء المعاملة" is feminine or masculine. My instinct says it is feminine, but I have found many instances where it is treated as being masculine.

سوء المعاملة الذي أدى به إلى...

I would appreciate it if the linguists among us could shed some light on this issue.  Identity Verified
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حليب الماعز Jun 21, 2018

العبرة بالمضاف أي أول كلمة
حليب الماعز
كراسة الواجب
سوء مذكر ولا اعتبار للمعاملة هنا

هذا ما أعلمه

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Ali Al awadi

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Which word are you describing Jun 21, 2018

بيت السيدة الجميل الذي... = the lady's beautiful house which...
بيت السيدة الجميلة التي... = the house of the beautiful lady who...

In your example, the relative clause refers to the mudhaaf (سوء) not the mudhaaf ilayh, so that's what determines the gender.

[Edited at 2018-06-21 14:09 GMT]

Ali Al awadi

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