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JapaneseEdit

RomanizationEdit

jien

  1. Rōmaji transcription of じえん

MalteseEdit

Alternative formsEdit

EtymologyEdit

From Arabic أَنَا (ʾanā), but with an irregular development that points to expressive lengthening of the first syllable (*ʾānā). Eventually from Proto-Semitic *ʾanāku.

PronunciationEdit

PronounEdit

jien

  1. I

Usage notesEdit

  • In a standalone context absent of a conjugated verb, this takes on the present tense meaning of "to be".

InflectionEdit