بين versus ما بين

  • Mahaodeh

    Senior Member
    Arabic, PA and IA.
    It depends on the type of ما used, hence it depends on the sentence.

    The two most common types of ما used in this case is
    1. ما زائدة, in this case it adds nothing to the meaning. For example: رأيته ما بين الرجلين and رأيته بين الرجلين have the same meaning.
    2. ما اسم موصول بمعنى الذي, in this case it obviously makes a difference. For example رأيت ما بين الرجلين and رأيت بين الرجلين have different meanings, in fact the second one is incomplete, it’s missing a مفعول به.

    Others include: ما بمعنى ليس such as ما بين الرجلين شيء, and ما الاستفهامية such as ما بين الرجلين؟
     
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