We will start with the
equational sentence. Put aside the
for now. Just shelf it…
So, why do we call it an
This is because
subject = predicate.
In other words with a
subject you need a predicate
say something about that subject.
Because a sentence is one complete thought a predicate is required
to complete that
by providing information about the subject.
The Arabic equational
sentence does not have the verb “to be” while
English does. Verb
"to be" = am, is, are
Wow, You say. No present tense verb to be?? No, am, is, are?
How is that.
Yup, for example, In English you say:
I am Nancy.
= Three words
Arabic you say:
That’s it. In other words no need for the verb "to be."
I am Nancy = I Nancy.
Therefore, an Arabic sentence does not grammatically require a
verb. While, every single sentence in English must have a verb.
Interestingly, when you translate Arabic into English the word count
increases. English uses more words.
Therefore, Arabic frequently can use fewer words then English, to
form grammatically correct sentences, as you will soon discover.
Of course you can have a questionable writer who rambles but
that's an entirely different matter.