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.


verb pronunciation


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)


1 thought on “Is there a one-letter-word in Arabic?

  1. How are such imperatives pronounced in pausa? I understand each has an alternative form with a final هاء (e.g., قِهْ, عِهْ, فِهْ and لِهْ), which is pronounced with the vowel and a final [h], but is it even possible for the forms without the هاء to be pronounced in pausa?

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