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Quranic Grammar - The Accusative of Purpose

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The adverbial structure l-mafʿūl li-aj'lihi (المفعول لأجله) is known as the accusative of purpose. An indefinite noun in the accusative case manṣūb (منصوب) is used to specify the purpose, motive or reason behind an action. An example of the accusative of purpose can be found in verse (80:32):

 (80:32:3)
wali-anʿāmikum
and for your cattle.
 (80:32:2)
lakum
for you
 (80:32:1)
matāʿan
(As) a provision
 

Fig 1. Accusative of purpose in verse (80:32).

See Also

Language Research Group
University of Leeds
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