See also: jàf and jäf

MalteseEdit

EtymologyEdit

From Arabic يَعْرِفُ(yaʿrifu), imperfect of عَرَفَ(ʿarafa, to know, get to know, find out). Doublet of uncontracted għaraf (to recognise, become aware of, find out).

PronunciationEdit

VerbEdit

jaf (imperfect only)

  1. to know; to be able to do sth.
    Ma nafx.
    I don't know.
    Ma kienx jaf li wasalna.
    He didn't know that we'd arrived.
    Ma nafx jekk huwa jkunx reliġjuż.
    I don't know whether [or not] he's religious.

ConjugationEdit

  • The verb is defective and has no perfect forms. The perfect tense is expressed with forms of kien followed by the imperfect forms.