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The strange case of لا

Isolated form
لا
Letter name
alif laam
Pronunciation
'laa'
Connector
No

When you place ا after ل you get the mandatory combination of لا. Or,

ل + ا = لا

As the video below demonstrates:

Final
Connected only to the letter before it.
ـلَا
أَفْلَام
films

يلَاْقِي
he finds

Medial
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Initial
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Isolated
Written alone or after a non-connecting letter.
لا
لَا
one (1)

لَازِم
to have to

Exercise 1: Joining together letters

Please join up these individual letters to form words.

Example: د + و + ل + ا + ر = دولار = Dollar

  1. فَ + ل + ا + فِ + ل
  2. ك + و + ل + ا
  3. لَ + ا + زِ + م 
  4. بَ + لَ + ا + ش 
  5. أَ + فْ + لَ + ا + م
  6. مَ + لَ + ا + ب + س 
  7. سَ + لَ + ا + م 
  8. أَ + وْ + ل + ا + د 

Answers

  1. فَ + ل + ا + فِ + ل = فَلافِل Falafel
  2. ك + و + ل + ا = كولا = Cola 
  3. لَ + ا + زِ + م = لَازِم = must
  4. بَ + لَ + ا + ش = بَلَاش = Free
  5. أَ + فْ + لَ + ا + م = أَفْلَام = Movies/Films
  6. مَ + لَ + ا + ب + س = مَلَابس = Clothes
  7. سَ + لَ + ا + م = سَلَام = Peace 
  8. أَ + وْ + ل + ا + د = أَوْلاد = Kids/Childeren