Plurals in Moroccan Arabic

Regular Plurals:

To form the plural, we regularly add (în) to a masculine word, and (ât) to a feminine one.

**English ****Masc. Sing.****Masc. Plural**
TeacherMô3llim مُعلِّمMô3llimîn مُعلِّمين
EmployeeMow**DD**af مُوْضّفMow**DD**afîn مُوْضّفين
**English****Fem. Sing.****Fem Plural**
TeacherMô3llima مُعلِّمةMô3llimât مُعلِّمات
EmployeeMow**DD**afa مُوْضّفةMow**DD**afât مُوْضّفات

Broken Plurals:

As there are no rules for broken plurals, you just need to learn them by heart.

**English word****Singular****Plural**
ProfessorOstâd (m.) أستاد

Ostâda (f.) أستادة

Asâtida (m.) أساتدة

Ostâdât (f.) أستادات

BookKtâb كتابKtôba كتوبة
ManRâjl راجلRjjâla رجالة
WomanMra مراMrawât مراوات

3yâlât عيالات

MonkeyQrd قردQrôda قرودة

Adjectives:

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

**Adjective****Masc. Sing.****Masc. Plural**
BigKbîr كبيرKbâr كْبار
Small**S**ghîr صْغير**S**ghâr صْغار
NewJdîd جْديدJdâd جْداد
ShortقْصيرQ**S**âr قْصار
BeautifulZwîn زْوينZwînîn زْوينين

Examples:

– Girl = bnt, – Little girls (Bnât Sghâr بْنات صْغار), or very rarely (bnât Sghârât

بْنات صْغارات ).

– Skirt = Sâya صايا – Long skirts (Sâyât Twâl صَايات طْوال ).

– Shirt = qamîja قميجة – New shirts (Qwâmj jdâd قْوامج جْداد).

[For more adjectives, please refer to the list of adjectives.]


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