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Douglas Koller, Latin & French scripsit:

> Contrast Japanese where both "f" and "v" are bugaboos. Does Arabic
> have an "f"?

Definitely: al-Fatah, Faisal, tfarnaj (to become a Frank, i.e. a European).
What it lacks is any voiceless labial stop.  When an Arab says he is going
to Bombay, you have to ask "Bombay, India, or Bombay, Italy?"

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