See also: إي‎, آی‎, ای, and اي

ArabicEdit

Etymology 1Edit

PronunciationEdit

  • IPA(key): /ʔajj/
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PronounEdit

أَيّ (ʾayym or f

  1. which ...? what ...? what kind of ...? (followed by a noun in the genitive or a personal suffix)
    مِنْ أَيِّ بَلَدٍ أَنْتَ؟‎‎
    min ʾayyi baladin ʾanta?
    From which country are you?
    أَيًّا مِنْ هٰذِهِ الْأَلْعَابِ تُفَضِّلُ؟‎‎
    ʾayyan min hāḏihi l-ʾalʿābi tufaḍḍilu?
    Which of these games do you prefer?
    • 609–632 CE, Qur'an, 31:34:
      وَمَا تَدْرِي نَفْسٌ مَاذَا تَكْسِبُ غَدًا وَمَا تَدْرِي نَفْسٌ بِأَيِّ أَرْضٍ تَمُوتُ
      wa-mā tadrī nafsun māḏā taksibu ḡadan wa-mā tadrī nafsun bi-ʾayyi ʾarḍin tamūtu
      [...] and no soul perceives in what land it will die.
  2. whichever
    أَيَّ كِتَابٍ تَقْرَأْ يُفِدْكَ
    ʾayya kitābin taqraʾ yufidka
    Whichever book you read, it'll benefit you.
    • 609–632 CE, Qur'an, 17:110:
      أَيًّا مَا تَدْعُوا فَلَهُ ٱلْأَسْمَاءُ ٱلْحُسْنَى
      ʾayyan mā tadʿū fa-lahu l-ʾasmāʾu l-ḥusnā
      [... by] whatever [name] you call upon [Him], to Him belongs the best names.
  3. any
    زُرْنِي فِي أَيِّ وَقْتٍ
    zurnī fī ʾayyi waqtin
    Visit me at any time.
Derived termsEdit
DeclensionEdit

Etymology 2Edit

ConjunctionEdit

أَيْ (ʾay)

  1. that is to say, namely, i.e.
ReferencesEdit
  • Haywood, J.A.; Nahmad, H.M. (1965), “أي”, in A new Arabic grammar, 2nd edition, London: Lund Humphries, →ISBN