“Said” (past) in Tunisian Arabic

In Tunisian Arabic, “Said” (the verb, in the past tense) is written using the Latin script as:

(I) 9olt

(You) 9olt

(You, plural) 9oltou

(He) 9al

(She) 9alet

(We) 9olna

(They) 9alou

Using the Arabic script, it is written as:

قلت (I)

قلت (You)

قلتو (You, plural)

قال (He)

قالت (She)

قلنا (We)

قالو (They)

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Examples in sentences or statements

“I said I’ll be there.”

9olt eli ena bech nkoun ghadi.

.قلت الّي أنا باش نكون غادي

“You said you’d pick the kids up at 4pm.”

9olt eli enti bech tet3ada thez lawled m3a larb3a.

.قلت الّي انتي باش تتعدّى تهزّ الأولاد مع الأربعة

“What did you say to her?”

Chnowa 9oltelha?

شنوّا قلتلها؟

“Why did you say that?”

3lech 9olt hakeka?

علاش قلت هكّاكا؟

“Why did you two say that to each other?”

3lech 9oltou hakeka lb3adhkom?

علاش قلتو هكّاكا لبعضكم؟

“He said his prayers before bed.”

Salla 9bal mayor9od.

.صلّى قبل ميرقد

“She said yes!”

9alet ey!

!قالت ايّ

“She said yes to the marriage proposal.”

9alet ey lel proposition de mariage.

.قالت ايّ للبروبوزيسيون دو مرياج

“We said we’d arrive at 1pm.”

9olna bech nouslou m3a madhi se3a.

.قلنا باش نوصلو مع ماضي ساعة

“They each said, ‘I love you’ before hanging up.”

Ezouz 9alou, ‘n7ebek’ 9bal ma y3al9ou.

.الزوز قالو، ‘نحبّك’ قبل ميعلّقو

“They said it was this way.”

9alou eli hedhi heya el thneya.

.قالو الّي هاذي هي الثنيّة


Related words in Tunisian Arabic

“Say” (present) in Tunisian Arabic

“Says” (third-person) in Tunisian Arabic

“Saying” (present) in Tunisian Arabic

In other Mediterranean languages and dialects

“Said” (past) (verb) in Lebanese Arabic

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