"Ninaona vizuri"

Translation:I see well

March 5, 2017

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Why is "I am seeing well" not accepted?


Why is "I see good" not accepted?


"good" is usually used as an adjective and not an adverb in english, though it is sometimes used as an adverb: https://en.wiktionary.org/wiki/good#English


The helps give "I feel" as a translation, so is "I feel good" acceptable? If not,how would it differ?


Could it also mean "I see good things" or "I see beautiful things"?


I don't think adjectives can stand alone, in that way, so that the adverb "vizuri" would always be the logical interpretation of this sentence, not "I see good things from the ki-vi class".

Someone else should chime in, because I'm not really sure, but I think an exception to this could be "Ninaona wazuri" ("I see good people"), because wazuri could be short for "watu wazuri", and wazuri is not an adverb, so that would not be an option.


It also usually would be "Ninaona mazuri" - I see those things/affairs as good. Kizuri/Vizuri are adverbs when by themselves (only adjectives when in combination with nouns from the ki-/vi- class).


Why plural in this case? Is it because eyesight is normally binocular? :)


OK, that's quite interesting, since I am so used to adjectives being used substantively in many languages.


No it can't, if you want to say "I see good things" or "I see beautiful things" you would have to say "ninaona vitu vizuri". Ninaona wazuri doesn't mean "I see good people", it means "I see them as good" (could also include animals). Wazuri isn't short for watu wazuri as far as I know. If you want to say "I see good people" you would say "ninaona watu wazuri".


There are some cases in which case the adjectives are used without subjects (elusively), but as the3lusive said, generally you would add the object. But especially in proverbs/sayings one might find adjectives by themselves: "Kuishi kwingi (ni) kuona mengi." - To live a lot (/in many places), is to see many (things).

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