"If they take bathe, we will go to mosque"

Translation:Ikiwa wakioga tutaenda msikitini

March 16, 2017

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Is there any difference between 'Ikiwa' and 'Kama?'


In this context, "kama" is "if" and "ikiwa" is "if it happens that". "Kama" is way more commonly used. As mentioned, the word "kama" has other meanings but you wouldn't need to worry about them in this usage.

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    Fair warning -- I am not a native speaker, but I would say in this context (simple conditional sentences) they are the same. However, the word "kama" has at least five different uses I can think of, where "ikiwa" would not work. Just one example: "Anatembea kama mzee." -- He walks like an old man.


    As a native, I agree with what you've said


    This tree is really in beta - 'If they take bathe'.


    Yeah, it was pushed out before they were quite ready, to coincide with something else. Not a lot that can be done except hit report for every grammatical error, typo, missing hint and alternative suggestion, and wait for the changes to be made. At this point I'm wondering if the bulk of edits will be done at the same time they add sound. It would make sense.


    Brandon is working on it, but he could use some gentle nudging on certain challenging to get through sections. You can message him here: https://www.duolingo.com/BrandenRyan


    Problem is the bulk of changes he can't make himself: he needs to get the admin to change it because the course is "locked", presumably to stop excess fiddling now we're all using it. This is why I wonder if they'll do a mammoth fix session when they unlock the course to add sound, as it means the admin won't be constantly unlocking to change a bit here and there. I could be wrong, though.

    So yeah, the more Branden is aware of, the more can be fixed, but I don't think the timing of fixes is up to him.


    Why is the conditional infix -ki- in this sentence twice? Is the word "ikiwa" actually necessary?

    <pre> Common usage: </pre>

    Ikiwa wataoga=if they take bathe. Kama wakioga/wataoga=if they take bathe


    So the double conditional "Ikiwa wakioga" is pretty uncommon usage then?


    There is no need for ikiwa


    So how am I supposed to know, when to use ikawa, kama and in combination with -ki-. Every time it is just a guess.....

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