First of all, hello everybody! Where have you been all my life... (Just a little bit about me: I've been playing with Arabic off and on for years but only in the past 6 months have I decided to make mastering the language a long-term project.) Quick question: When you have a tanween fatha I know that normally you have an alef tacked on the end of the word. I remember vaaaaguely from an Arabic class I took 6-odd years ago that the question of whether the tanween goes on the alef or on the previous letter is a subject of ongoing debate. (Please forgive me if this is a hoary old chestnut, I did try to search the forum...) So for example should it be: مرحباً or مرحبًا I did a search and found this page but I couldn't really understand most of it: www[dot]atida[dot]org/forums/showthread.php?t=1634 A quick "that one's more correct" does help in a way, but I'd really like to know what the logic is, and if there is a debate about it I'd be interested to know exactly which authorities where support each option. Thanks!