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Alternative formsEdit


  • IPA(key): /ʔ
  • IPA(key): /ʔa.naː/
  • (file)

Etymology 1Edit

From Proto-Semitic *ʾanāku, from Proto-Afro-Asiatic *ˀanāku, hence also Proto-Berber *ənakkʷ (Kabyle nekk) and Egyptian *ˀanāku (Coptic ⲁⲛⲟⲕ (anok)).


أَنَا (ʾana, ʾanām or f (enclitic form ـِيَ(-iya) or ـِي() or ـنِي(-nī) or ـنِيَ(-niya))

  1. I (first person singular subject pronoun)
Usage notesEdit

أَنَا(ʾanā) has four enclitic forms which are employed in different contexts and are generally not interchangeable. The enclitic forms ـنِي(-nī) and ـنِيَ(-niya) are attached to verbs, prepositions ending in نْ(n) with no final vowel (e.g., مِنْ(min) and عَنْ(ʿan)), and the sisters of إِنَّ(ʾinna) except لَعَلَّ(laʿalla). The forms ـِي() and ـيَ(-ya) are used elsewhere, but in cases where ـِي() would be preceded by a long vowel, only ـيَ(-ya) is used.

  1. سَاعِدْنِي‎ ― sāʿidnīhelp me
  2. كِتَابِي‎ ― kitābīmy book
  3. عَلَيَّ‎ ― ʿalayyaon me

See alsoEdit

Etymology 2Edit

From أَنَا(ʾanā, I), calque of German Ich, possibly through ego.


أَنَا (ʾanāf or m

  1. (psychology) ego


  • Wehr, Hans (1979), “أنا”, in J. Milton Cowan, editor, A Dictionary of Modern Written Arabic, 4th edition, Ithaca, NY: Spoken Language Services, →ISBN

Egyptian ArabicEdit



أنا ('ánam or f

  1. I