Translation:It is enough

April 10, 2017



Why is it INAtosha and not ANAtosha ?

April 10, 2017


A- is the subject prefix for animate nouns (people, animals), like "he/she". The subject prefixes for the classes are

1 (m-wa sg.) a- (also ni- and u- for 1st and 2nd person)
2 (m-wa pl.) wa- (also tu- and m- for 1st and 2nd person)

3 (m-mi sg.) u-
4 (m-mi pl.) i-
5. (ma sg.) li-
6. (ma pl.) ya-
7. (ki-vi sg.) ki-
8. (ki-vi pl.) vi-
9. (N sg.) i-
10. (N pl.) zi-
11/14. (U) u-

So, basically "it" could be any of the singular ones: u- li- ki- i- u-, but as juryrigging said, I think the N class is kind of a default ... probably because it's the biggest class in terms of the number of words. A lot of non-native users of Swahili use the N class concords for anything inanimate, for example kiswahili yako ni nzuri instead of the standard kiswahili chako ni kizuri.

April 11, 2017


Thanks for that explanation. i just found your answer now. You made up my day ;D

May 7, 2017


Thanks for the excellent explanation! Your posts are always useful.

November 21, 2017


Not sure, however my rule of thumb is "if there's no context clue, default to N/N", which seems to work here.

April 11, 2017


Yes, when talking about a generic object, the n class is the default. Good rule of thumb!

April 16, 2017
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