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Gender of nouns ending in ى

Discussion in 'العربية (Arabic)' started by jmt356, Jan 27, 2013.

  1. jmt356 Senior Member

    I believe مبنى is masculine. Is معنى also masculine? If so, are all nouns that end in ى masculine?
  2. ayed Senior Member

    معنى is masculine
    No, not all nouns ending in ى are masculine.
    Consider :


    all are feminine
  3. Abu Talha

    Abu Talha Senior Member

    See also Wright vol. 1, §291 b. (β), p. 179B. If the ى termination does not belong to the root then the word is generally feminine. In مَعْنًى the root is «عني» and the ى termination is part of the root.

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