the origin of verbal prefix bi- in Present Tense in Egyptian Arabic

  • Torontal

    Senior Member
    As far as I know its origin is from بدي / baddi (I want) in Levantine and Egyptian Arabic, but I hope our Arabic speaking friends will correct me If I'm wrong.

    Wadi Hanifa

    Senior Member
    I don't know if there are any academic theories on this, but the most plausible one I can think of is:

    3ammaal > 3am > m > b
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