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?
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.
There are 10 monosyllabic verbs in Swahili:
- Kula → Eat
- Kuja → Come
- Kufa → Die
- Kunya → a. To rain b. To discharge or release liquid
- Kuchwa → To set (the sun)
- Kunywa → Drink
- Kuisha → Live
- Kuenda → Go
- 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