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Verse (2:8), Word 9 - Quranic Grammar

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The ninth word of verse (2:8) is divided into 2 morphological segments. A circumstantial particle and negative particle. The connective particle wa is usually translated as "while" and is used to indicate the circumstance of events. The negative particle acts like the verb laysa (ليس). This verb belongs to a special group of words known as kāna and her sisters (كان واخواتها).

Chapter (2) sūrat l-baqarah (The Cow)


(2:8:9)
wamā
but not
CIRC – prefixed circumstantial particle
NEG – negative particle
الواو حالية
نافية بمنزلة «ليس»

Verse (2:8)

The analysis above refers to the eighth verse of chapter 2 (sūrat l-baqarah):

Sahih International: And of the people are some who say, "We believe in Allah and the Last Day," but they are not believers.

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