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Indefinite and Definite nouns in the Arabic Language

النَّكِرةُ (Indefinite) nouns

Is a noun that refers to any person, place or thing and it is NOT a particular person, place or thing.

Ex:

عَالِمٌ a scholar
طَالِبٌ a student
كِتابٌ a book

In the above examples this refers to any scholar, any student or any book and it is not specific.

المَعْرِفَةُ (Definite) nouns

Is a noun that refers to a specific person, place or thing.

Ex:

العَالِمُ  the scholar
الطَّالِبُ  the student
الْكِتابُ  the book
مُحَمَّدٌ  muhammad – a particular name
مِصْرُ Egypt – a particular country

Note: the above words which have (ال) means (the) and this is a definite article which makes the words specific/particular.

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