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Useful Negative Commands

May 30, 2010


لا تَكْسِرِيْ لا تَكْسِرْ   لا تَغْتَابِيْ لا تَغْتَبْ
لا تَكْسِرْنَ لا تَكْسِرُوا   لا تَغْتَبْنَ لا تَغْتَابُوا
  Don’t break!     Don’t backbite!
لا تَتَحَرَّكِيْ لا تَتَحَرَّكْ   لا تُمَزِّقِي لا تُمَزِّقْ
لا تَتَحَرَّكْنَ لا تَتَحَرَّكُوا   لا تُمَزِّقْنَ لا تُمَزِّقُوا
  Don’t move (yourself)!     Don’t rip/tear!
لا تُشِيْرِي لا تُشِرْ   لا تَشْتَرِي لا تَشْتَرِ
لا تُشِرْنَ لا تُشِيْرُوا   لا تَشْتَرِيْنَ لا تَشْتَرُوا
  Don’t point!     Don’t buy!
لا تَنْقُلِي لا تَنْقُلْ   لا تَفْعَلِيْ لا تَفْعَلْ
لا تَنْقُلْنَ لا تَنْقُلُوا   لا تَفْعَلْنَ لا تَفْعَلُوا
  Don’t move (something)!     Don’t do!
لا تَرْفُسِي لا تَرْفُسْ   لا تَضْرِبِي لا تَضْرِبْ
لا تَرْفُسْنَ لا تَرْفُسُوا   لا تَضْرِبْنَ لا تَضْرِبُوا
  Don’t kick!     Don’t hit!
لا تَصْرَخِي لا تَصْرَخْ   لا تَبُوْلِي لا تَبُلْ
لا تَصْرَخْنَ لا تَصْرَخُوا   لا تَبُلْنَ لا تَبُوْلُوا
  Don’t scream!     Don’t urinate!
لا تَنْظُرِي لا تَنْظُرْ   لا تَبْصُقِي لا تَبْصُقْ
لا تَنْظُرْنَ لا تَنْظُرُوا   لا تَبْصُقْنَ لا تَبْصُقُوا
  Don’t look!     Don’t spit!
لا تَقْفِزِي لا تَقْفِزْ   لا تَرْكُضِي لا تَرْكُضْ
لا تَقْفِزْنَ لا تَقْفِزُوا   لا تَرْكُضْنَ لا تَرْكُضُوا
  Don’t jump!     Don’t run!
لا تَنَامِي لا تَنَمْ   لا تَلْعَبِي لا تَلْعَبْ
لا تَنَمْنَ لا تَنَامُوا   لا تَلْعَبْنَ لا تَلْعَبُوا
  Don’t sleep!     Don’t play!
لا تَضْحَكِي لا تَضحَكْ (عن)ا   لا تَسْخَرِي لا تَسْخَرْ (من)ا
لا تَضْحَكْنَ لا تَضْحَكُوا   لا تَسْخَرْنَ لا تَسْخَرُوا
  Don’t laugh (at)…!     Don’t make fun (of)….!
لا تَشْرَبِي لا تَشْرَبْ   لا تَأْكُلِي لا تَأْكُلْ
لا تَشْرَبْنَ لا تَشْرَبُوا   لا تَأْكُلْنَ لا تَأْكُلُوا
  Don’t drink!     Don’t eat!
لا تَحْزَنِي لا تَحْزَنْ   لا تَغْضَبِي لا تَغْضَبْ
لا تَحْزَنَّ لا تَحْزَنُوا   لا تَغْضَبْنَ لا تَغْضَبُوا
  Don’t be/become sad!     Don’t be/become angry!
لا تَلْبَسِي لا تَلْبَسْ   لا تَخْلَعِي لا تَخْلَعْ
لا تَلْبَسْنَ لا تَلْبَسُوا   لا تَخْلَعْنَ لا تَخْلَعُوا
  Don’t put on!     Don’t take off!
لا تَأْخُذِي لا تَأْخُذْ   لا تَقُوْلِي لا تَقُلْ
لا تَأْخُذْنَ لا تَأْخُذُوا   لا تَقُلْنَ لا تَقُوْلُوا
  Don’t take!     Don’t say!
لا تَدْخُلِي لا تَدْخُلْ   لا تَذْهَبِي لا تَذْهَبْ
لا تَدْخُلْنَ لا تَدْخُلُوا   لا تَذْهَبْنَ لا تَذْهَبُوا
  Don’t enter!     Don’t go!
لا تَقْرَبِي لا تَقْرَبْ   لا تَخْرُجِي لا تَخْرُجْ
لا تَقْرَبْنَ لا تَقْرَبُوا   لا تَخْرُجْنَ لا تَخْرُجُوا
  Don’t go near!     Don’t leave!

Commands and Negative Commands, 1st & 3rd person

April 29, 2010

To form the command for the third person, you do two things to the 3rd person verb conjugation:

1.Make it majzoom (which for regular verbs is going to mean putting a sukoon on it in the singular and for the conjugation for “we”, and dropping the noon from the masculine plural and the feminine singular. The feminine plural does not change [For irregular verbs in a state of majzoom, go here])

2.Put a lam with kasrah لِ in front of it


لِيذهبْ الطلابُ الجددُ إلى المدير، ولْيرجِعوا بعد مُقَابَلَتِهِ

Let the new students go to the Principal and return after meeting with him


If و or ف comes in front of the 3rd person command, then the lam takes a sukoon, not kasrah. Example:

لِيَدْخُلْ وَلْيَجْلِسْ

Let him enter and sit

لامُ الأمر The laam of command can also be applied to the first person (i.e. we). Example:

لِنَجْلِسْ مَعاً

Let’s sit together

Examples of Negative Commands with the Laam of Command

لا يَسْخَرْ أحَدٌ مِنْ أحَدٍ

Let no one make fun of another

And in the hadeeth:

لا تُسَافِرْ المَرْأَةُ ثلاثةَ أيامٍ إلاّ مَعَ ذِي مَحْرَمً

Let no woman travel three days except with her Mahram” (Bukhari)

For more examples, see Madinah Book 3, chapter 13


Negative commands for irregular verbs, 2nd person

April 29, 2010

To form the negative command for 2nd person with irregular mujarrad (bare) verbs, you will do two things:

1.Put لا in front of the 2nd person present tense

2.Make the ending majzoom

One of the main principles with irregular verbs is the principle that two sakin letters (letters with sukoon) can NOT be beside each other. Whenever this will be the case, one of the sakin letters is dropped.

We will look at mujarrad muda’af (double letter) verbs first. Example (2nd person present tense of صَبَّ – to pour)

تَصُبُّ you ( are pouring

تَصُبُّيْنَ you ( are pouring

تَصُبُّوْنَ you ( are pouring

تَصْبُبْنَ you ( are pouring

Note: the 2nd person feminine plural present tense does not change, ever.

Now, looking at تَصُبُّ – remember that a letter with shaddah over it is really a double letter, so بّ is really بْ + بُ . So if we put a sukoon on the ending of تصبّ as is usually done in the majzoom case (for singular), two sakin letters will meet:

بْ + بْ and since we are not allowed to do this, we will instead change the dammah to fat-hah to avoid the meeting of two sakin letters:

لا تَصُبَّ Don’t pour! (

The other forms are easier, we just drop the noon:

لا تصبِّيْ Don’t pour! (

لا تصبُّوا Don’t pour! (

لا تصْبُبْنَ Don’t pour! (

And the feminine plural does not change, as we mentioned, but notice how the double letter comes apart just like in some of the past tense forms (like صَبَبْتُ – I poured)

For mazeed (increased) verbs that are muda’af, the same principles apply. Example for أَعِدَّ (wazn IV) – to prepare something

لا تُعِدَّ Don’t prepare! (

لا تُعِدِّيْ Don’t prepare! (

لا تُعِدُّوا Don’t prepare! (

لا تُعْدِدْنَ Don’t prepare! (

This is how it is for most of the wazns (patterns). However, patterns II and V of a double letter are conjugated like a regular verb. Example:

حَقَّقَ (whose root is حَقَّ )

لا تُحَقِّقْ Don’t bring about (actualize)….! (

لا تَشَدَّدْ Don’t be harsh! ( (from the root شَدَّ )

As for verbs with a weak middle letter, then we form the negative command thusly:

لا تَقُلْ Don’t say! ( The wow is dropped to avoid the meeting of two sakin letters (لا تَقُوْلْ )

لا تَقُوْلِيْ Don’t say! ( The wow is not dropped because there is no meeting of two sakin letters

لا تَقُوْلُوا Don’t say! ( The wow is not dropped because thereis no meeting of two sakin letters

لا تَقُلْنَ Don’t say! ( The wow is dropped to avoid the meeting of two saakin letters (لا تَقُوْلْنَ )

Apply this principle to each of the three types of weak middle letter verbs for the mujarrad (bare):

لا تَنَمْ Don’t sleep! ( The weak middle letter- in this case it is alif- is dropped (لا تَنَاْمْ )

لا تَبِعْ Don’t sell! ( The weak middle letter- yaa- is dropped (لا تَبِيْعْ )

The same principle applies for mazeed (increased) verbs with a weak middle letter (except for wazns II and V which form the negative command like a regular verb). Example is the wazn IV verb أشَارَ ، يُشِيْرُ to point:

لا تُشِرْ Don’t point! ( Yaa is dropped (لا تُشِيْرْ )

لا تُشِيْرِيْ Don’t point! ( Noon is dropped

لا تُشِيْرُوا Don’t point! ( Noon is dropped

لا تُشِرْنَ Don’t point ( No change  ( the present tense  تُشِرْنَ was تُشِيْرْنَ but a yaa was dropped because of the meeting of the two sakin letters)

As for verbs with a weak last letter, then the negative command for them is formed thusly:

لا تَبْكِ Don’t cry ( Yaa was dropped (from تَبْكِيْ )

لا تَبْكِيْ Don’t cry ( Noon was dropped (from تَبْكِيْنَ ) as is the normal case for 2nd person feminine singular

لا تَبْكُوا Don’t cry ( Noon was dropped ( from تَبْكُوْنَ ) as is the normal case for 2nd person masculine plural

لا تَبْكِيْنَ Don’t cry ( No change, as is normal for the 2nd person f. pl.

Apply the same principle to all three types of weak end letter verbs which are mujarrad (bare):

لا تَنْسَ Don’t forget! ( Dropped the yaa (from لا تَنْسَى )

لا تَنْسَيْ Don’t forget! ( Dropped the noon, as is the normal case

لا تَنْسَوا Don’t forget! ( Dropped the noon, as is the normal case

لا تَنْسَيْنَ Don’t forget! ( No change, as is the normal case

لا تَشْكُ Don’t complain! ( Dropped the wow (from تَشْكُوْ )

لا تَشْكِيْ Don’t complain! ( Dropped the noon, as is the normal case

لا تَشْكُوا Don’t complain! ( Dropped the noon, as is the normal case

لا تَشْكُوْنَ Don’t complain! ( No change, as is the normal case

Review weak middle and end letter conjugations for mujarrad verbs in chapters 27 and 28 of Madinah Book 2


Apply the same principles to mazeed (increased ) verbs (including wazns II and V ). For سَمَّى، يُسَمِّيْ (II) to name/call

لا تُسَمِّ Don’t name! ( Dropped the yaa (from تُسَمِّيْ )

لا تُسَمِّيْ Don’t name! ( Dropped the noon, as is the normal case

لا تُسَمُّوا Don’t name! ( Dropped the noon, as is the normal case

لا تُسَمِّيْنَ Don’t name! ( No change, as is the normal case

تَغَدَّى، يَتَغَدَّى (V) to have lunch

لا تَتَغَدَّ Don’t have lunch! ( Dropped the yaa (from تَتَغَدَّى )

لا تَتَغَدَّيْ Don’t have lunch! ( Dropped the noon, as is the normal case

لا تَتَغَدَّوا Don’t have lunch! ( Dropped the noon, as is the normal case

لا تَتَغَدَّيْنَ Don’t have lunch! ( No change, as is the normal case

All the daals د in the above forms have fat-hah.


اِشْتَرَى،يَشْتَرِيْ (VIII) to buy

لا تَشْتَرِ Don’t buy! ( Dropped the yaa (from تَشْتَرِيْ ) raa has kasrah

لا تَشْتَرِيْ Don’t buy! ( Dropped the noon, as is the normal case

لا تَشْتَرُوا Don’t buy! ( Dropped the noon, as is the normal case

لا تَشْتَرِيْنَ Don’t buy! ( No change, as is the normal case

Negative Commands with regular verbs, 2nd person

April 28, 2010

The negative command for the 2nd person in mujarrad (bare) verbs is formed by doing two things:

لا.1 is put in front of the 2nd person present tense conjugation of the verb

2.The verb becomes majzoom (this will be explained).

Let’s look at the 2nd person present tense:

تَدْرُسُ you ( are studying

تَدْرُسِيْنَ you ( are studying

تَدْرُسُوْنَ you ( are studying

تَدْرُسْنَ you ( are studying

Now, to make these conjugations majzoom, we will change them in the following ways:

  1. dammah becomes sukoon:تَدْرُسْ
  2. drops the noon:تَدْرُسِيْ
  3. drops the noonتَدْرُسُوا
  4. does not changeتَدْرُسْنَ

Now let’s put the two together.

لا تَدْرُسْ Don’t study! (for

لا تَدْرُسِيْ Don’t study! (for

لا تَدْرُسُوا Don’t study! (for

لا تَدْرُسْنَ Don’t study! (for

We do the same to regular mazeed (increased) verbs. Examples of wazn II:

لا تُعَلِّمْ Don’t teach! (

لا تُعَلِّمِيْ Don’t teach! (

لا تُعَلِّمُوا Don’t teach! (

لا تُعَلِّمْنَ Don’t teach! (

Examples of wazn III:

لا تُسَافِرْ Don’t travel! (

لا تُسَافِرِيْ Don’t travel! (

لا تُسَافِرُوا Don’t travel! (

لا تُسَافِرْنَ Don’t travel! (

Also see Madinah Book 2 chapter 15