See also: Iben

MalteseEdit

EtymologyEdit

From Arabic اِبْن(ibn).

PronunciationEdit

NounEdit

iben m (plural ulied)

  1. son
    Coordinate term: bint

Usage notesEdit

  • The singular of this word is predominantly used in the construct state, that is with a possessive suffix or a following noun. This is similar to the words ħu (brother) and oħt (sister), though with iben and bint this restriction is only a tendency, not a definite rule.
  • The plural ulied is gender-neutral and thus means “children” in the sense of “offspring of either sex”. In order to specify the masculine in the plural one says ulied subien (sons, literally children boys).

InflectionEdit

  • The form binna is usually avoided and replaced with l-iben tagħna or more often it-tifel tagħna.

Derived termsEdit