Could you ask a shopkeeper this? Like "Jambo, unafungua?"
you could say "unafungua duka?" but "duka inafungua" would imply that the store itself is actively opening something.
I could be super wrong on this, but since the passive ((it) is opened) would be inafunguwa, which doesn't sound much different, isn't it all the same?
They actually have a fix for that problem in Swahili. For any verb like that that ends in "ua," you add a little something extra to make it a more distinct difference in the passive. "Fungua" becomes "funguliwa," not "funguwa."
Thanks for sharing that piece of information! It let me to this: https://www2.ku.edu/~kiswahili/pdfs/lesson_58.pdf
I knew I was super wrong! Asante, bwana.
maybe something like Jambo, Duka inafungua?
What does Duka mean?
it means store / shop
No, it would have to be "Duka linafunguka?"!
Duka linafungua would imply that the shop is opening something else ... if the shop is simply opening (i.e. being opened), you can use linafunguka or the passive linafunguliwa.
darnit -- it took me several repetitions of this lesson before I realized that "close" and "open" aren't spelled the same.
I never get the differences from closing to opening