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"The house cannot be occupied"

Translation:Nyumba haikaliki

July 22, 2017



Can anyone explain why 'cannot be' instead of 'is not'? Asante


This is a quirk of the stative suffix. It can either indicate a potential state (-able, generally with the present tense) or a factual state focussing on a result (with the perfect tense).

To say that the house is not occupied, you'd probably use the passive verb instead: nyumba haikaliwa.

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