"This is Emilian's grandmother"

Translation:Huyu ni bibi yake Emilian

June 13, 2017



Why bibi yake Emilian and not bibi wa emilian?

June 13, 2017


I understand your question. Yes, i agree it should be bibi ya emilian. However It isnt wa but ya. Family nouns like mama, baba, kaka, dada, etc are n/n or i/zi even though they are people.

February 5, 2018


Even though from English "bibi ya Emilian" seems more intuitive, "Bibi yake Emilian" is used more commonly.

May 23, 2018


The N- gender (Classes 9 / 10) nouns: When the noun it refers to is a person, the possessive adjective takes agreements of the N-gender, instead of the usual M-/WA- gender agreements, which makes it possible to distinguish between the singular and the plural.

October 4, 2017
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