ʔayy pronoun |f. أية ʔayyat|
interrogative [+ indefinite genitive singular noun] which which boy? which girl? ▪ أي (من) ʔayy (min) __ [+ definite genitive plural noun or pronoun suffix] which of (the) __ which one of the books? which one of them?
• any ▪ أي شيء ʔayy šāyʔin n. anything ▪ أي واحد ʔayy wāɧidin, أي شخص ʔayy šaxʂin n. anybody, anyone ▪ على أي حال Ɛalā ʔayyi ɧālin adv. anyhow, in any case ▪ في أي مكان fī ʔayyi makānin adv. anywhere ▪ في أي وقت fī ʔayyi waqtin adv. (at) any time ▪ أي ʔayya [+ indefinite genitive noun] What (a)…! What a naughty devil you are! ▪ أيا كان ʔayyan kāna whatever… (may be); whoever… (may be) ▪ أيما ʔayyu [+ perfect] whichever, whatever whatever you choose; [+ noun in same case] whichever ▪ أيما ʔayyamā [+ indefinite genitive masdar] (for emphasis) very much ▪ ابتهج أيما ابتهاج ibtahaja ʔayyamā -btihājin v. be very delighted ▪ يسرني أيما سرور أنْ yasurrunī ʔayyamā surūrin ʔan v. I’m very pleased to (do) ▪ رحب أيما ترحيب بـ raɧɧaba ʔayyamā tarɧībin bi- v. welcome warmly The masculine form can precede a masculine or feminine noun. It can also precede a plural masculine or feminine pronoun suffix: which man? which city? which one of them? which one of them? The feminine form can only precede a feminine noun, not a pronoun: which city?

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