Passive (Syntax)
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The passive in Arabic is a sentence structure in which the semantic subject or agent, i.e. the performer of or person/thing responsible for an action, is suppressed and, in fact, cannot be mentioned. This renders the passive in Arabic an impersonal structure. In the passive, the understoo…

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Amira Agameya, “Passive (Syntax)”, in: Encyclopedia of Arabic Language and Linguistics, Managing Editors Online Edition: Lutz Edzard, Rudolf de Jong. Consulted online on 22 July 2018 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/1570-6699_eall_EALL_COM_vol3_0250>
First published online: 2011
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004177024, 20090831



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