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Swahili Grammer

Can anyone explain to me the order of words in a Swahili sentence? I tend to get very confused what word goes where when translate from English to Swahili.

February 22, 2017

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https://www.duolingo.com/profile/AndreasII

In a sentence it is usually Subject - Verb - Object. For a subject or object, the order is Noun - Personal possessive - Adjective(s) - Quantity - Demonstrative - Possessive.

Example

Kitabu changu kikubwa hiki cha Kiswahili

(The big Swahili book of mine)

(From Wilson's "Simplified Swahili")


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/AndreasII

Was it any help? I'm on my phone, so I felt I couldn't write the most comprehensive answer, and I'm no Swahili expert... If something is still unclear, I can try to answer better tomorrow.


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/juryrigging

You missed adverbs. Though I take it they follow the verb.


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/AndreasII

Yes, that is correct.

Example

Mpishi anapiga vizuri

The chef cooks well (vizuri being an adverb here)


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/jhink87

Yes, it was very helpful.

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