Arabic/whatQuestions

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The Arabic word for "what" in question sentences is usually ماذا (maadha) or the shorter form ما (maa).
ماذا (maadha) or ما (maa) is used to translate the following sentences from English to Arabic.


What is your name?
What did you do?
What are you doing?
What is this?
What will you do?


Just like in English the word for "What" usually goes at the beginning of the sentence in Arabic.


ما أسـمك؟
maa ismuk
mas-muk
(irregular) What's your name?



ما أسـمـي؟

maa asmii
maa-as-mii
What's my name?



ماذا فعلت؟
maadha fa`alt(a)?
maa-dha-fa-`alt
what did you do?



ماذا تفعل؟
maadha taf`al?
maa-dha-taf-`al
What are you doing?/What do you do?



ما هذا؟
maa haadha?
maa-haa-dha
What is this?



ماذا ستفعل؟
maadha sa-taf`al?
maa-dha-sa-taf-`al
What will you (guy) do?



ماذا ستفعلين؟

maadha sa-taf`aliin(a)?
maa-dha-sa-taf-`a-liin
What will you (girl) do?


ماذا تريد؟

maadha turiid?

maa-dha-tu-riid(a)?
What do you (guy) want?