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Verse (95:8), Word 1 - Quranic Grammar


The first word of verse (95:8) is divided into 2 morphological segments. An interrogative alif and verb. The prefixed alif is an interrogative particle used to form a question and is usually translated as "is", "are", or "do". The perfect verb (فعل ماض) is third person masculine singular. The verb's triliteral root is lām yā sīn (ل ي س). The verb (ليس) belongs to a special group of words known as kāna and her sisters (كان واخواتها).

Chapter (95) sūrat l-tīn (The Fig)

Is not
INTG – prefixed interrogative alif
V – 3rd person masculine singular perfect verb
الهمزة همزة استفهام
فعل ماض من اخوات «كان»

Verse (95:8)

The analysis above refers to the eighth verse of chapter 95 (sūrat l-tīn):

Sahih International: Is not Allah the most just of judges?

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