Feminine Form in Moroccan Arabic

In this lesson, we  will see the rule of the feminine form in Darija applied for Words and Adjectives.

In the end of this course, there is a list of masculine nouns and adjectives in Moroccan Arabic to turn into feminine form.

Feminine in Standard Arabic

The  “ a” in the end of a feminine word in standard arabic, represents a silent “ ta2 marbouta  تاء مربوطة ”  which is literally not pronounced.

We never say “ Saghiraton = Small ” = صغيرة  or “ jamilaton = Beautiful ” = جميلة. we just say “ Saghira ”  and “ jamila ”.

Feminine Form in DARIJA

Most of cases, to have a feminine form, you just add “ a ” to the end of the masculine form.

The formula is : Feminine = Masculine  +  “ a ” in the end of the word (Adjective or Noun).

Examples of nouns with a Feminine form

Moroccan : Maghribi ( M ) – Maghribia ( F )

American : Merikani ( M ) – Merikania ( F )

Japanese : Japoni ( M ) – Japonia ( F )

Chinese : Chinwi ( M ) – Chinwia ( F )

Tunisian :  Tounsi ( M ) – Tounsia ( F )

Doctor : Tbib ( M )  – Tbiba ( F )

Nurse :  Fermli ( M )  – Fermlia ( F )

Teacher : Ostad  ( M )  – Ostada ( F )

Cook : Tbbakh ( M )  – Tbbakha ( F )

Lawyer : Mo7ami ( M ) –  Mo7amia ( F )

Check more Occupations in this link : Jobs & occupation in DARIJA

Examples of Adjectives with a Feminine form

Tired : 3yan ( M ) – 3yana ( F )

Happy : Fr7an  ( M ) – Fr7ana ( F )

Shy : 7chman ( M ) – 7chmana ( F )

Small : Sghir ( M ) – Sghira ( F )

Big : Kbir ( M ) – Kbira ( F )

Feminine Gender without ” a ” in the end

In Moroccan Arabic, there are some exceptions because not all feminine words end with “ a ”.

Examples :

  • Dar ( House ) 
  • 3in ( Eye ) 
  • Rjel ( Foot )

Exercise to Practice :

Turn the following masculine words into a feminine form and leave your answers in the comments section bellow.

Journalist: Sa7afi

Tourist : Sa2i7

Ugly/Bad: Khayb

Tall: Twil

Short : 9sir

Small : Sghir

Afraid: Khayf

Sick : Mrid

Happy : Far7an

New : Jdid

Egyptian : Misri

Syrian : Souri

Algerian : Jazayri

Tunisian : Tounsi

Beautiful : Zwin

NB : You may also be interested in a Feminine and Masculine form in standard arabic.

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