Saturday, September 2, 2023

Is Quran's Arabic similar to modern day Arabic spoken by Arabs?

 Arabic is not a dead language. 

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, Arabic is spoken by 400 million people and is divided into many dialects. It is used daily by several million people, and it has changed a great deal from what it was thousands of years ago. Although some people consider Arabic to be potentially dead, it is still spoken as the official and national language in several countries in and around the Middle East, including the Arabian Peninsula and several Northern African countries
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 However, according to
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, as it is used today, Classical Arabic is not even a complete or living language. Most people do not use it much and only do so in formal settings.

Is Quran's Arabic similar to modern day Arabia spoken by Arabs?
According to the search results, Quranic Arabic and Modern Standard Arabic are not the same thing, but they are similar in most ways, with very slight differences
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 Quranic Arabic is the form of Arabic in which the Quran is written, while Modern Standard Arabic is used for mostly spoken outlets
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Classical Arabic or Quranic Arabic is the standardized literary form of Arabic used from the 7th century and throughout the Middle Ages, most notably in Umayyad and Abbasid literary texts such as poetry, elevated prose and oratory, and is also the liturgical language of Islam
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Classical Arabic is, furthermore, the register of the Arabic language on which Modern Standard Arabic is based
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 Therefore, while there are some differences between Quranic Arabic and Modern Standard Arabic, they are both based on Classical Arabic.

The Arabic used in the Quran and modern-day spoken Arabic. Quranic Arabic is written in a highly poetic style, with a focus on rhythm, rhyme, and repetition. The use of metaphors, similes, and other literary devices is common in Quranic Arabic
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Quranic Arabic is a very formal and structured form of Arabic, with a rich vocabulary and complex grammar. It includes many archaic words that are not commonly used in modern-day Arabic
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 On the other hand, Modern Standard Arabic is the most frequently used dialect of Arabic in Arabic-speaking nations, and it is spoken by 313 million people worldwide in up to 30 distinct dialects
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 Modern Standard Arabic is used in writing and in formal speaking, for example, prepared speeches, some radio and TV broadcasts, and non-entertainment content
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 The lexis and stylistics of Modern Standard Arabic are different from Classical Arabic, but the morphology and syntax have remained basically unchanged
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 While there are some similarities between Quranic Arabic and Modern Standard Arabic, such as the grammar, which is essentially the same, there are also some differences, such as the vocabulary and the use of archaic words
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