Adam and Eve

“So let him [Satan] not drive you both out of the Garden, so that thou art miserable.” (20:117)

The words in Arabic are short and resonant, but in particular the first verb is in the dual form, referring to Adam and Eve, while the second is in the masculine singular, referring to Adam alone. This creates a sense of surprise, for the masculine singular is unexpected. If there is a disaster, it is chiefly on Adam’s shoulders that it will fall.

Jacques Jomier, The Great Themes of the Qur’an
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