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Translation:It will not go

April 24, 2017



Why is there both a past and future tense infix on this word? I would expect this to be constructed as 'hataenda'.


It's referring to a Ji class word (the hover hint I'm seeing gives "It will not go(Ji/Ma)"). The subject prefix for Ji class nouns is li-, the negative being hali-.

You might want to look up supplemental information on noun class subject prefixes.


Kwa mfano: (Jibu hili) Halitaenda.


But how do we know the "it" is a Ji/Ma class noun?


by recognizing the verb stem '-ende-' and recognizing the tense '-ta-', that leaves you with a prefix of 'hali-', which you then recognize as a Ji class 5 verb negation prefix...I'm just getting to the point where this is becoming more obvious...


What if "IT" stands for a noun from the Ki/Vi class like "kitabu" ?


Then the word construction would change...if "it will not go" was referring to a ki noun (class 7) then the word would look like "haki-ta-enda", or plural vi- noun (class 8) would look like "havi-ta-enda". Does that make sense? in this case, the haki-/havi- is a noun subject negation prefix for class 7 / 8 respectively. In the example above, the noun subject negation prefix is Hali- and we know that only applies to Ji- (class 5) nouns... Hope this helps.


It is beginning to make sense, but so far I have only seen how the prefixes of possessive pronouns and possessive adjectives change with the different noun classes.


Helpful sites http://www.swahilicheatsheet.com https://www2.ku.edu/~kiswahili/pdfs/lesson_01.pdf you can manually change the _01. to goto the next study, ie, https://www2.ku.edu/~kiswahili/pdfs/lesson_02.pdf (etc).

and when it comes back online... https://www.africanlanguages.com/swahili/

Currently it come up with basic frames but doesn't translate...it is amazing when working!

Hope these help.


Thank you for these links, they are certainly helpful.

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