I will treat Forms VII and VIII together due to some important similarities between the two forms with respect to hollow and doubled verbs. Additionally, the end of the section will deal with a special feature concerning the spelling of certain Form VIII verbs.
Form VII verbs are characterized by a prefix of ุฅููย placed before the triliteral root. For example ุฅูููุชุญย “to be opened” is a typical Form VII. The Form VII verb is always intransitive and often is, in effect, a passive version of the Form I. In fact, it is often used in place of the passive voice of the Form I. The hamza of the prefix is always elided (See note 1 below) if it is not the first letter in a sentence.
Some Form VII verbs are not passive, but they will not be transitive.ุฅูุตุฑู “to go away” is an example which is usually cited in textbooks as a Form VII verb. I believe this is so because it is one of the few Form VII’s which make sense when conjugated for all persons. This verb can also mean “to be spent,” referring to money.
The past-tense conjugations should be obvious. In the present tense, the prefix vowel is a fatha and the stem vowel is a kasra. Thus ููููุตูุฑูู, is the conjugation for ูู in the present tense. The jussive and the subjunctive conjugations should be evident by now.
Now, what about the command? Stop for a moment and try to produce the command for ุฃูุชู and then continue reading. I hope you got ุฅููุตูุฑููู The jussive is ุชูููุตูุฑููู When you drop the prefix, you are left with ููุตุฑููู Thus you need a command prefix. Since the stem vowel is a kasra, you add a prefix of a kasra on an elidable hamza just as you do for Form I. Thus ุฅููุตูุฑููู is the command. Note that for Forms VII through X, the commands will always have the same prefix.
The verbal noun is ุฅููุตุฑุงู The active participle is ู ูููุตูุฑูู ย . Form VII verbs do not have a passive participle.
Form VIII verbs are characterized by a prefix of ุฅู (the hamza is elidable, just as in Form VII) and a ุช infixed between the first and second radicals. A sukuun is then placed over the first radical. For example,ุฅูููุชูุดูููย ย ย (“to discover”) is a Form VIII verb. Often the meaning of Form VIII verbs is reflexive. The Form I ูุดู means “to disclose” something to someone else. The Form VIII refers to one’s discovering something for oneself.
Not all Form VIII verbs are reflexive in meaning. Their range of meanings is broad, so you will need to learn the meaning of each one as you come to it. Many Form VIII verbs are transitive.
As usual, the past-tense conjugations should be obvious. If they are not, you know where to look.
The present tense conjugations have exactly the same pattern as Form VII. Thus, the ูู conjugation of ุงููุชุดู is ููุชุดูู You should see the similarity to Form VII. The command conjugations also take the same patterns as the commands for Form VII. “Discover” is ุงููุชุดูู
The verbal noun pattern is also the same as for Form VII. ุฅูููุชูุดุงู is “discovery.”
The active participle is ู ูููุชูุดูู and the passive is ู ูููุชุณูู.
Some Form VIII verbs occur in the passive vpjce. A verb commonly used in the passive is ุฅูููุชูุฎูุจู which means “to elect.” “He was elected” is ุฃููุชูุฎูุจู and “He is being elected” is ูููุชูุฎูุจู. So the passive voice here follows the same patterns as those of the verbs you have studied earlier in this book. Note that in the past, every vowel before the stem vowel becomes a dhamma, and that in the present, you start with ย a dhamma, but everything else is afatha until you get to the mood marker. This is the same as in Formsย ย V and VI, which we studied in the previous chapter and will be the case with Form X as well.
Hollow verbs in Forms VII and VIII conjugate exactly the same way. We will look at an example of each. ุฅููุงุฏ is a Form VII hollow verb meaning “to be led.” In the past tense the alif is shortened to a fatha whenever shortening is required. Thus “I was led” is ุฅูููููุฏูุชู. The rules for shortening are the same as always.
Now in the imperfect, the alif REMAINS an alif when it is long, and is shortened to a FATHA when it is short. Thus, although a sound Form VII verb has a stem vowel of kasra in the imperfect, a hollow Form VII WILL NEVER HAVE A KASRA IN THE IMPERFECT. The middle radical will be either an alif or a fatha depending on whether or not shortening is required. Thus “He is being led” is ููููุงุฏู. If we put ููููุงุฏู into the jussive, what do you think will happen? The theoretical conjugation would be ููููุงุฏู As you know from previous sections in this book, you now actually have two sukuuns in a row. Thus the first sukuun and its alif are dropped. A fatha is put in their place. So “He was not led” is ูู ููููููุฏู Notice that without vowels the conjugations could be for a Form I, II, or IV sound verb, among other things. So be careful.
You might wish to try to produce the jussive conjugations for the above verb and then refer to the charts at the end of the book.
The verbal noun is .ุฅูููุงุฏ Note the ูThe will always be there, even if the middle radical is in reality a ู (which it is in this case).
The active participle is ู ููููุงุฏ. Note that you have an alif here. The active participle of a Form VII hollow will always have the middle radical represented by an alif. This is different from the pattern you have seen for all other active participles. Be sure to remember this.
There is no passive participle since there is no passive in Form VII at all.
Form VIII hollow verbs behave in all ways just the same as Form VII hollow verbs. For example, the Form VIII of ูุงุฏู is ุฅูููุชุงุฏู , which can mean the same thing as the Form VII but can also mean “to lead someone.” In the past tense, the alif is shortened to a fatha whenever shortening is required, just like Form VII. Thus “I led” is ุฅูููุชูุฏูุชู.
In the imperfect, Form VIII hollow verbs also behave exactly as their Form VII counterparts. Thus, “I am leading” is ุฃููุชุงุฏู and “I did not lead” is ูู ุฃููุชุฏู. The middle radical is always represented by an alif or ย by a fatha.
The verbal noun also has the same pattern as Form VII. Thus, the verbal noun for our model verb isย ุฅูููุชููุงุฏ
Now hear, read, and note this. Form VIII verbs have both active and passive participles. I showed you this above using the verb ุงูุชุดู . Form VIII hollow verbs, however, have active and passive participles which look exactly the same. The active participle of ุงูุชุงุฏ is ู ููุชุงุฏ . This is just like Form VII hollow verbs. The passive participle of the same verb is ู ููุชุงุฏ, the same word. It is context that willย tell you which one is being used.
Form VIII hollow verbs can occur in the passive. The pattern in the past tense is ุฃููุชูุฏู ย and in the imperfect is ูููุชุงุฏู. The passive voice in the past tense follows the same pattern as the other verbs we have seen. Note also that the passive in the imperfect looks just like the active when it is not voweled.
Form VII assimilated verbs are extremely rare and will not be taught in this book. They are regular in all ways.
Form VIII assimilated verbs are very common. A typical such verb is ุฅูุชูููููู “to agree.” Hey, what happened to the ู ? The ู assimilates into the infixed ุช This assimilation is indicated by the shadda written on the ุช Other than that, Form VIII assimilated verbs are completely regular in every respect. The imperfect is ููุชูููููู
The passive voice pattern in the past tense is ุฃูุชููููููย It the resent tense it is ููุชูููููู The verbal noun is ุฅูุชูููุงู . The active participle is ู ูุชูููย and the passive is ู ูุชูููู
ุฅููุถู ูู ุงููย “to join” is a typical Form VII doubled verb. In the past tense, the verb is conjugated just like any other doubled verb you have seen in Form I. Thus “I joined” is ย ุฅููุถูู ูู ูุชูย Do not forget when to break up the doubled second and third radicals.
Now pay attention to the imperfect. “He joins” is ููููุถู ูู Note that the “stem vowel” comes before the doubled consonant, just as would be the case with any Form I doubled verb. For example, ููุฑูุฏูู Note that in the Form I verb, the stem vowel is a dhamma for this verb and that it too is written before the doubled consonant. Now, in Form I, if the doubled consonant in broken up, what happens to the stem vowel? Remember that the stem vowel is moved to its proper place between the second and third radicals. So “they (fem. Plural) are answering” is ููุฑูุฏูุฏููู The dhamma is merely moved over to its proper place.
Now we come back to Form VII. The doubled radical will be broken up for the same conjugations and for the same reasons as in Form I. However, WHENEVER THE DOUBLED RADICAL IS BROKEN UP IN FORM VII, THE STEM VOWEL IS CONVERTED TO A KASRA. Thus, to say “They (fem. plural) are joining the Army” you recite melodiously ููููุถูู ูู ููู ุงูู ุงูุฌูุด The doubled radical is separated and the stem vowel is now a kasra.
In the jussive, Form VII doubled verbs are conjugated the way Form I and Form IV doubled verbs are. You will recall that Form I and Form IV verbs take the endings for the subjunctive when these verbs are conjugated with ูู for any of the “big five” pronouns. So, for example, our model verb, ุฅููุถูู ูู conjugated with ูู ย for the third person masculine singular, is ูู ููููุถูู ูู
The verbal noun is ุฅููุถูู ุงู
The active participle always will have a fatha for the stem vowel. The active participle of our model verb is ู ูููุถูู ู
Form VIII doubled verbs work exactly the same way as Form VII doubled verbs. ุฅูุญูุชููููย (to occupy) is a good and a very common example. For ุงูุง in the past tense, the conjugation is ุฅูุญูุชูููููุชู . In the imperfect for ูู it is ููุญูุชูููู and for ูู it is ููุญูุชููููููู In the jussive for ูู the conjugation is ูู ููุญูุชูููู
The verbal noun is ุฅูุญุชูุงู
Form VIII doubled active and passive participles both have fatha for the stem vowel. So the word ู ูุญูุชููู can mean both “occupier” and “occupied.”
Some Form VIII doubled verbs occur in the passive voice. ุฅูุญุชูููู is itself a good example. “It (fern) was gccupied” is ุฃูุญุชููุช Note that the stem vowel is not indicated. “They (fem. plural) were occupied” is ุฃุญุชููููููู Here you see the usual stem vowel of kasra in the passive past tense. The imperfect counterparts are ููุญุชูููู and ููุญุชููููููู respectively. See the charts if you have questions.
You should now be able to see that Form VII doubled and hollow verbs and Form VIII doubled and hollow verbs parallel each other closely. That is, Form VII and Form VIII doubled verbs tend to work the same way in terms of their conjugations and the patterns for their participles and verbal nouns. Also, Form VII and Form VIII hollow verbs also work the same way with respect to conjugations and the production of participles and verbal nouns. I have found it convenient to group them together in my own mind as an aid in remembering how to derive the conjugations, participles, and verbal nouns.
These are easy. Our Form VII example in ุฅูููุถูย and our Form VIII example is ุฅูุชูููย (Note that the ู is part of the root in our Form VIII example and does not represent a Form VII prefix)
These defectives work just like defectives in Forms II, III, and IV. That is, in both tenses they conjugate just like the verb ููุฌุฑู , ุฌุฑู Thus, for ุงูุง in the past tense, the verbs are ุฅููููุถูุชู and ุฅููุชูููุชู
For ูู in the present they are ูููุถู and ููุชูู You should be able to predict the subjunctive, jussive, and command forms. Check the charts at the end.
You should also be able to predict the passive voice conjugations for Form VIII defectives (the Form VII’s don’t have a passive voice). You know where to look.
The verbal nouns are ;.ุฅูููููุถุงุก and ุฅูููุชููุงุก ย .
The active participles are ู ูููููุถู and ู ูููุชููู
The Form VIII passive participle is ู ูููุชููู
This is a lot of material. You should take a pencil and some paper and see if you can produce the correct conjugations of various Form VII and Form VIII verbs. Then, read the next section and do the drills dealing with Forms VII and VIII.
Assimilation Of The Infixed ุช In Form VIII
Since you have had Arabic before, you have probably seen verbs like ุฅุชููุจูุนู , ุฅุถูุทูุฑูู , ุฅุฒูุฏุงุฏู , and ุฅุตูุทูุฏูู ู These are all examples of Form VIII verbs that have assimilated the infixed ุช Students are usually not pleased when they first see this phenomenon. I am sure you are not any more pleased now than you were then. At least this time around, I hope, you are less intimidated by the language and realize that many things are no where near as difficult as they seem.
What is happening with the above verbs is that the first radical of each of them is affecting the ุช which is infixed in order to form Form VIII. There are actually nine offending letters which cause changes to the ุช. You do not need to memorize them, although I will list them below. All you need to be aware of is the kind of changes they make to the ุช so that you will be able to identify the roots of words which incorporate these changes. For example, you see the word ุฅุฏููุนู (which will not have the shadda in most texts) and wonder what the hell it is. Well, IF you know that the letter ุฏ assimilates the ุช completely (I know that it is a big “if’), you will be able to guess that the word you are looking at is the Form VIII of the verb ููุฏูุนู , ุฏุนุง with which you fell in love some chapters ago.
The offending letters are all produced near the front of the mouth. They are either dental or emphatic. They are:
ุช ุซ ุฏ ุฐ ุฒ ุต ุถ ุท ุธ
Whenever any of these letters is the first radical in a Form VIII verb, the ุช will undergo some kind of change. Volume I of EMSA gives good examples. I will use them here.
The ุซ , ุช and ุฏ all completely assimilate the infixed ุช . For example, the Form I ุชูุจูุนู is ุฅูุชููุจูุนู in Form VIII. Thus, this type of Form VIII resembles the assimilated Form VIII verbs mentioned above.
The Form I ุซุฃูุฑู becomes ุฅุซุฃุฑู in Form VIII and the Form I ุฏุนุง becomes ุฅุฏููุนู in Form VIII. When these Form VIII words are written without the shaddas (do you think that will happen very often?) they look just like Form IV verbs in the past tense. In the imperfect, they look just like Forms I, II, and IV. I wonder if context will help you decide?
The ุท and the ุธ also completely assimilate the infixed ุช . For example ุทูููุนู is a Form I meaning,ย among other things, “to appear.” The Form IV of this verb is ุฃูุทูููุนู meaning “to inform (someone ofย something).” The Form VIII is ุฅุทููููุนู meaning “to inform oneself’ or “to be informed.” All three verbs in the imperfect look like this: ูุทูุน
The ุธ works just like the ุท . Fortunately, there is only one word in the language that I know of that has ุธ for its first radical and also exists in Form VIII. That verb is ุฅุธูู ู Look it up. I hope its meaning does not describe the way you feel.
The ุต and the ุถ convert the infixed ุช into a ุท. For example, the Form VIII of ุตุฏู is ุฅุตุทูุฏูู ู and the Form VIII of ุถุฑูู is ุฅุถูุทูุฑูู
The ุฐ combines with the infixed ุช to form a ุฏ with a shadda. Thus, the Form VIII of ุฐูุฑ “to remember” is ุฅูุฐูููุฑ “to remember.” Why bother to make the Form VIII for this verb?
The ุฒ turns the infixed ุช into a ุฏ also. The Form VIII of ุฒุงุฏ is ุฅูุฒูุฏุงุฏู . This is a verb which you may have seen many times.
If you wish, you may memorize the changes I have just outlined above. That is, if you have nothing else better to do. I recommend, instead, that you simply be aware of a ุฏ or ุท appearing in a word where a ุช should be, and that you keep in mind the Form VIII potential of roots that start with ุท , ุธย ย ุช , ุซ ,ุฏ and ุฐ. Experience with the language will familiarize you with the very limited number of verbs in Form VIII which pull this sort of thing on you. The more common ones are included in your drills on Form VIII.
Note 1 โ The elidable hamza with a kasra is used as part of the prefix for Forms VII-X. Often, the elidability of the hamza is indicated in text books by writing the prefix using only the alif and the kasra like this -ุฅู instead of writing out the whole thing – ุฅู You will see both renderings in this text.