Is there a one-letter-word in Arabic?

Yes, there is. You probably know the word for and -> وَ.

But there are other forms too. They are rare and only possible in the im­perative (أَمْر) of some verbs. These verbs have two weak letters (حَرْف الْعِلّة) in the root and only one “strong” consonant.

 

One-letter-words in Arabic: Let’s have a look at some examples.

meaning

verb pronunciation

imperative

protect! وَقَى qi!

قِ !

pay attention! وَعَى 3i!

عِ !

carry out! وَفَى fi!

فِ !

 

It can be difficult to understand these forms correctly. Let’s have a look at this example:

…  وَقِنَا عَذَابَ النَّارِ

…and protect us from the punishment of the Fire  (Sura 2:201)