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"These are their mothers"

Translation:Hawa ni mama zao

May 25, 2017



They why don't we say "Hizi ni mama zao"?


How can "zao" be the appropriate noun class for mama? Should be m/wa, shouldn't it? And therefore "wao"?


From the tips and notes:

Note: The exceptions to this rule are certain kinship nouns that come from Arabic: baba, mama, bibi, babu, shangazi, binamu, rafiki, dada, kaka, etc. These nouns take the y- agreement in the singular and the z- agreement in the plural.


It's basically animate nouns in the N class. Otherwise you'd use wao for both plural and singular and since the nouns of this class don't show number, there'd be more cases where number cannot be determined.

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