MalteseEdit

EtymologyEdit

From Arabic أَيُّ شَيْءٍ هُوَ(ʾayyu šayʾin huwa, literally what thing is it), whence also Moroccan Arabic شنو(šnu), اشنو(ašnu), Gulf Arabic شنو(šinu). The ancient genitive ending -in was generally lost, but remained in contraction with the following personal pronoun. Compare also xejn (nothing), where the final -n is the accusative ending -an.

PronunciationEdit

PronounEdit

x'inhu m (extended form x'inhuwa, feminine singular x'inhi or x'inhija, plural x'inhuma)

  1. contraction of x' (what) + hu (he, it)

Usage notesEdit

  • Often equivalent to English “what is”. For details on usage, see the notes at x'.

See alsoEdit