Possessive suffixes in Moroccan Arabic

To express possession, you only add the appropriate endings to the word:

My = î

Your (s.) = k

His = ô

Her = hâ

Our = nâ

Your (p.) = kom

Their = hom

Example:

Book = Ktâb

**English****Darija in Transcription****Darija in the Arabic Script**
My bookKtâbîكْتابي
Your book (s.)Ktâbkكْتابك
His bookKtâbôكْتابو
Her bookKtâbhâكْتابها
Our bookKtâbnâكْتابنا
Your book (p.)Ktâbkomكْتابكم
Their bookKtâbhomكْتابهم

For words ending with (a) -generally feminine words- you take away the (a), replace it with (t) and apply the same endings.

Basically, that (a) is referring to the silent (t) we have in standard Arabic, and in the Arabic script.

Example:

School = Mdrasa

**English****Darija in Transcription****Darija in the Arabic Script**
My schoolMdrastîمدرستي
Your school (s.)Mdrastkمدرستك
His schoolMdrastoمدرستو
Her schoolMdrast-hâ\*مدرستها
Our schoolMdrastnâمدرستنا
Your school (p.)Mdrastkomمدرستكم
Their schoolMdrast-homمدرستهم

*Reminder: The dash (-) is used not to mix up the letters t and h that must be pronounced separately, and not such as a th.

These endings can be slightly changed when the word ends with another vowel, other than the (a) of feminine words. Especially for the endings of (my) and (his) that become (ya) and (h)

Examples:

My mother = mâmâ مامايا, or just mâmâ ماما (no need to add any ending)

His mother = mâmâh ماماه

My brother = khô خويا

His brother = khôh خوه


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