Arabic/LearnRW/taa' MarbooTah

Arabic words ending in tâ' marbûTa (ـة/ة) are usually of feminine gender. It looks like a combination of hâ' (ه) and tâ' (ت). It always comes at the end of the word.

Example edit

tâ' marbûTa has two ways of being pronounced:

  1. When the word is said by itself, it is pronounced as an 'h': zawjah (زَوْجَة).
  2. If you add on a grammatical suffix or iDâfa takes place, it is pronounced like tâ': zawjati (زَوْجَتيِ) = my wife; zawjat 'aHmad (زَوْجَة أَحْمَد) = wife of Ahmad

Usage edit

Although it is incorrect, some people while writing informally may write Tied Ta' as Ha'ـه/ه. Also, in Egyptian Arabic and many other dialects of today's spoken Arabic (I'm not sure but I can say all of the dialects excluding Standard Arabic), it is always pronounced as ha'هـ. (Called heh in Egyptian Arabic. Ta' marbutah is called teh marbutah in Egyptian Arabic.)

Notes edit

1- You can make Tanween to a Tied Taa', but you can't make Tanween to a Haa'. Because of their sense of Arabic, this fact is sometimes used by students (or, at least, taught to them) to help them know whether a word ends in Taa' marbutah or Haa'. When a sentence ends in taa marboota, only then the last letter is silenced for waqf, so it changes into haa.