Praise & Disparagement
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3. Separate Object Pronouns
These can be used both as direct and indirect object pronouns. The former use is rare in the modern language, whereas the latter is very common even in the colloquial spoken dialects.
I. Direct Object
When separate object pronouns serve as direct object pronouns they must come before the verb. This usage is mostly found in classical writings.
= thee (we) worship
Translation: we worship thee
Separate object pronouns can come after the verb if they were preceded by a conjunction word.
= (I) thanked him and them
Translation: I thanked him and them
Separate object pronouns come also after the verb if they were preceded by the word 'illaa إِلاّ = "except."
لا نَعْبُدُ إِلاّ إِيَّاْهُ
laa na"bud(u) 'illaa 'iyyaah(u)
= not (we) worship (anybody) except him
Translation: we worship him solely
*Note: this sentence uses the negation + exclusion style explained in this page.
Finally, separate object pronouns can be used in a warning style.
إِيَّاْكَ وَالذَّهَابَ !ه
= (I warn) you of the going
Translation: I warn you not to go!
II. Indirect Object
Separate object pronouns serve as indirect object pronouns only when the direct object is an attached object pronoun.
= give me her
Translation: give it to me
The attached object pronoun -nee = me served as the direct object here, while the separate object pronoun served as the indirect object.
= him (I) present you
Translation: I give it to you as a present
Here, the separate object pronoun served again as an indirect object, but it came before the verb. The direct object was the attached object pronoun -k(a) = you.