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Easy Arabic Grammar

Easy Arabic Grammar by Mahmoud Gaafar and Jane Wightwick

Primary Use: Mastering the basics of Arabic grammar
Format:20 chapters each divided into four parts:
  1. Lesson
  2. Activities (exercises)
  3. Case Notes
  4. Summary of the Chapter
Key:Back of the book
Meant For:Very beginner to intermediate


This book is exactly the same as Mastering Arabic Grammar by the same authors. Easy Arabic Grammar appears to be the version printed in the United States.

This book focuses on the basics of modern Arabic grammar. It starts from the very beginning with defining the word ‘grammar’ and tells the reader how to use the book. The introduction also has a section on Arabic script and the letters of the alphabet in final, medial, and isolated forms, including information on the diacritical marks and short vowels.

Unlike many other Arabic grammar books, this book makes no assumptions about the reader’s knowledge of grammatical terminology. It clearly describes what is meant by the various English grammatical terms utilized, such as ‘demonstratives’ and ‘superlatives,’ making the book far easier to learn from than many other grammar books on the market today.

The exercises throughout the book have a clear correspondence with the material covered in the chapters. Multiple techniques are used in the exercises such as matching, true or false, fill in the blanks, describing pictures, and so on. Vocabulary is steadily introduced throughout the book, and all vocabulary used in the exercises can be found in the book itself. However, there is no index or dictionary of words in the back of the book so new words must be learned as the book goes along.

Anyone wishing to learn the basics of Arabic grammar will find this book easy to use and learn from; however, anyone past the basics will want to look elsewhere.

The book is divided into the following Parts and Chapters/Units:

    Part 1: Fundamentals of Arabic Grammar
            Unit 1: The Arabic Root System
            Unit 2: Gender: Masculine and Feminine
            Unit 3: al- (the)
            Unit 4: Pronouns (Singular) and Non-Verbal Sentences
            Unit 5: Plurals and Plural Pronouns
            Unit 6: Demonstratives
            Unit 7: Adjectives and Descritpive Sentences
            Unit 8: Describing Position
            Unit 9: Forming Questions
            Unit 10: Possession: Idafa and Attached Pronouns
            Unit 11: Plurals: Broken Plurals
            Unit 12: Comparative and Superlative
            Unit 13: The Dual
    Part 2: Arabic Verbs
            Unit 14: Past Verbs
            Unit 15: Present/Future Verbs
            Unit 16: Irregular Verbs
            Unit 17: Forms of the Verb
            Unit 18: Making Verbs Negative
            Unit 19: Nouns and Adjectives Formed from Verbs
            Unit 20: Dual Verbs
    Part 3: Answers to Activities

How to Use It

It is a good idea to be familiar with the Arabic script before using this book, as it will make studying from it a lot easier. However, since no prior knowledge is assumed, it would be possible – although potentially tricky – to start learning Arabic from this book from the very beginning.

This book can be used as a workbook for any student learning Arabic on his or her own without an instructor, moving from chapter to chapter as one would in a textbook. Thanks to the clear layout of the chapters, it can also be used as a reference for those who would like to brush up on a particular grammatical point, such as the dual. No index of topics such as ‘sun and moon letters’ however make it a better workbook than reference guide.


Gaafar, Mahmoud and Jane Wightwick. Easy Arabic Grammar. New York: McGraw-Hill, 2005.