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Verse (20:116), Word 5 - Quranic Grammar


The fifth word of verse (20:116) is divided into 2 morphological segments. A preposition and proper noun. The prefixed preposition lām is usually translated as "for". The proper noun is masculine and is in the genitive case (مجرور). The case marker is a fatḥah instead of a kasrah because the proper noun is a diptote (ممنوع من الصرف). Together the segments form a preposition phrase known as jār wa majrūr (جار ومجرور).

Chapter (20) sūrat ṭā hā

to Adam,"
P – prefixed preposition lām
PN – genitive masculine proper noun → Adam
جار ومجرور

Verse (20:116)

The analysis above refers to the 116th verse of chapter 20 (sūrat ṭā hā):

Sahih International: And [mention] when We said to the angels, "Prostrate to Adam," and they prostrated, except Iblees; he refused.

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