Are حكاية and قصة synonymous? I know that حكاية is more oral whereas قصة is written, but in a sentence like داخل روحه حكاية أخرى ستغيّر مسار قصتنا is it relevant or just used in order not to repeat the same word? Thank you in advance
Feb 14, 2016 7:33 PM
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It may not be exactly relevant, but the word حكاية can have a more "mythical" or "fable" connotation. For example, when you talk about telling a fairy tale in Arabic, or when children want to talk about stories, they would rather say حكاية. Also قصة has a kind of formal feel to it. They can definitely be used interchangeably without any problem, it's all about those subtle differences. In this particular sentence I feel like it is used for that "bedtime story" connotation, to make it seem less formal and more familiar, is that makes sense. Hope this helped.
February 14, 2016
the real difference between (Hikay حكاية, and Kissa قصة) is that: Hikaya shorter than Kissa ... قصة a few lines or one page .... حكاية can be like a long story ...
February 15, 2016
حكاية = tale قصة = story
February 17, 2016
I think that قصة is longer than حكاية so in your sentence that his حكاية ( as part of story) will change our قصة ( the whole story) I hope you can understand that
February 15, 2016
thank you!
February 14, 2016
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