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


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


– 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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