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In addition to the masculine / feminine distinction we've already seen, Arabic has singular, dual and plural forms of pronouns, nouns, verbs, adjectives, etc. The singular form is used when referring to one person or thing, the dual subject pronoun to refer to two people or two things, and the plural form when referring to more than two people or things.

ان is added at the end of noun to indicate that it is dual- representing two people or objects.

(two) students
طالبـتان طالبـان
(two) professors / teachers
أستاذتان أستاذان
(two) teachers
معلمتان معلمـان
(two) experts
خبيرتان خبيران
(two) friends
صديقتان صديقان
(two) colleagues
زميلتان زميلـان
(two) men
- رجلـان
(two) women
امرأتان -


ان is also added to the end of adjectives that modify a dual noun.

beautiful / handsome



(two) beautiful women
(two) poor female students
(two) handsome men


Following are the dual subject pronouns..

you (dual m/f)
they (dual m/f)

You (dual) are a thinker.
They (dual) feminine are a translator.
They (dual) are Arabs.
They (dual) are arabs (feminine).
You (dual) are happy.


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