"Je unapenda matunda?"

Translation:Do you like fruits?

March 19, 2017

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do you always have to put "je" in a yes no question?


You don't have to, but it is a good way to make the sentence clear.


The "proper" way is to put it there, but it is pretty uncommon in actual speech. So no, you really don't have to. It might be more common in writing, but I don't know if that is true for sure.


When translating, my professor introduced it as akin to putting "hey" in front of the question. So, if I were translating "Je unapenda matunda?" I would put "Hey, do you like fruit(s)?" "Je" is meant to be a more direct/attention-grabbing word, and isn't dependent on whether it is a yes/no question. Like in english, there are some instances where using hey/je can be considered a little gruff or impolite, depending on the context.


Unapendaje matunda


Can you say unapendaje matunda


Adding "-je" to the end does not do the same thing as using "Je" at the beginning of a sentence. "-je" at the end is like asking "how" or inquiring about the method. So you could use it when asking someone how something is done, or how they traveled: for example, "Je, unasafiri?" is "are you traveling?" "Unasafiriaje?" is "how did you travel?" or, in cooking, "Je, unapika?" "are you cooking?" vs "Unapikaje?" "How did you cook?" Using Je at the beginning of a sentence isn't always necessary, and is usually used to specify a question, grabbing the attention of the hearer so that they know a question is coming: in english, I equate it with saying "hey" at the beginning of a question: "Hey, did you do your work?" "Je, ulifanya kazi yako?"


it is " ninapendaje matunda una is you nina is i/me


Je unapenda matufaha?

Unapendaje matufaha MAHIZI?! >D


"These apples" = matufaha haya

Mahizi isn't a word.


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