Forming the Present Tense Verb in Arabic

By Keith Massey

Part of Intermediate Arabic For Dummies Cheat Sheet

In Arabic, the system of prefixes and suffixes that make up the present tense are the same in all of the ten verb forms. You use these all the time. Remember that you can form the future tense just by adding the prefix sa- to the beginning of those verbs. The following table shows the present tense of the verb shariba (to drink).