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"Meza zinauzwa"

Translation:Tables are being sold

March 10, 2017



I hope I get this right. Natives please check !

kuuza - to sell

Ninauza meza. - I am selling the table(s)

Wanauza meza - They are selling the table(s)

Wanawake wanauza meza. - The women are selling the table(s)

familia inauza meza - the family is selling the table(s)

familia zinauza meza - the families are selling the table(s)

familia zinauza meza zao - the families are selling their tables

meza inauzwa - the table is being sold

meza zinauzwa - the tables are being sold

meza imeuzwa - the table has been sold

meza zimeuzwa - the tables have been sold


Thank you! I had no idea why and how this passive voice showed up. Your post cleared it up.


Maybe I am missing something somewhere, but I am not sure how they arrive at "zi" shouldn't it be "wa" - wanauzwa- Also in the notes for the N/N nouns class, none of the examples given begin with 'N'


Wa- is only for people and animals.

The N is more or less an underlying phenomenon. It's a prenasalising consonant mutation that takes place when it can ... the only prenasalised consonants in Swahili however are:

Plosives: mb nd nj ng
Fricatives: mv nz

So if a word stem begins with b d j g or v or z, it will have n (or m for b and v). W becomes mb, l and r* both become nd**. Aside from that, there is no prefix.


Its supposed to be 'being' sold


"are sold" and "are being sold" should both be accepted


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how do you know it is plural in this case?


Because of the 'zi'. Zinauzwa - they are being sold, inauzwa - it is being sold.


I was marked wrong for "the tables are sold" -- any explanation why?


They haven't added that alternative, that's all. Hit the report button when you come across things like this.


"The tables are sold" - was rejected why?


Okay I am not sure if i am right but this is my understanding.

I saw an example " Taa inatengenezwa" In this case i = The object prefix referring to "Taa" na = Present tense tengenezwa = Passive form of tengeneza

Hence i think same rule applies here.

zinauzwa: here the "na" after zi shows present tense.

Hence you need to "is being" sold


Are for sale should also be accepted

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