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

Kula and Kulala

Hi, Can someone explain why the "ku" is kept when conjugating kula in the present. So, Ninakula. But not with kulala, so Ninalala?

April 7, 2017

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

Mambo GreenwoodMatt! This is a rule for monosyllabic verbs in affirmative sentences. Remember the notes in Present skill. ;)

Note 2: - Monosyllabic verbs like kula, kunywa, and kuja, drop the infinitive ‘ku’ in the negative present.

Ninakula. / I am eating.

Sili. / I am not eating.


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

Thanks for responding! I am doing most of my duolingo on the mobile app. Do you know how to get all those notes separately?


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

Some skills are based on the language course of Peace Corps, so you should try to download the documents for Kiswahili course from the page:

https://www.livelingua.com/peace-corps/

Otherwise, you may open Duo in a browser to read every section by unit.


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Mr.Quizzical

There are 10 monosyllabic verbs in Swahili:

  1. Kula → Eat
  2. Kuja → Come
  3. Kufa → Die
  4. Kunya → a. To rain b. To discharge or release liquid
  5. Kuchwa → To set (the sun)
  6. Kunywa → Drink
  7. Kuisha → Live
  8. Kuenda → Go
  9. Kupa → Give 10.Kucha → a. To fear/be afraid b. To rise (the sun)

The other two are also monosyllabic, but are irregular conjugations.

Kuwa → Be Kuwa na → Have

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