The word ما is one of the most difficult words in Egyptian Arabic (and by the way, in Standard Arabic as well). Oftentimes, it is misunderstood. Let’s check its function as an amplifier.
Answer: It is the verb ba’a (بَقى) in Egyptian Arabic. You will hear this verb in many situations.
Okay, this is only half the truth. (And it is actually true for all spoken languages.)
When I started learning Egyptian Arabic, there was one word which gave me a headache: lissa –لِسّه; sometimes also written لِسَّى or لِسّة. Let’s see why.