Community Web Version Now Available
negation What's the difference? لم أفعل هذا ما فعلت هذا Which one is more common?
Feb 18, 2014 3:14 AM
Answers · 10
لم أفعل هذا I don't do this present tense ما فعلت هذا I didn't do this past tense
February 18, 2014
I don't know what the difference is, but لم أفعل هذا is more common (in standard Arabic).
February 18, 2014
سلام as it's said from Ayman teacher, the both are right, but the question is when we use them, because even you know the meaning of something in Arabic, you need to know how to use, that's the important. لم is a negation for the verbs conjugated in the present. The second one, ما is a particle using as a negation or a sense of "that" in English for the verbs conjugated in the past. Examples: مَا فَعَلْتَ هذَا البارحة لأجلي وإنما فقط لنفسك you didn't this for me last day, you just did it for yourself. مَا قُلْتُ البارحة، كان خطَأ منِّي = that I was saying to you last day, it was a mistake from me. There are some other senses using as metaphors by using مَا, in otherwise, ما has is common usage than لمْ . سَلاَم
February 20, 2014
Language Skills
Arabic, English, French, Italian, Russian, Spanish
Learning Language
Arabic, English, French, Italian, Spanish