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"Angenunua simu angepata zawadi"

Translation:If she were to buy a phone, she would get a gift

September 26, 2017

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https://www.duolingo.com/profile/SilverSquid

16-MAY-2018: Reported that my answer of "If he were to buy a phone, he would get gift" should be accepted (also, she is interchangeable).

Also reported that the result has an unnatural answer. It can be "...he/she would get a gift" or "he/she would get gifts".


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/pahash

"He would get gift" is incorrect English: "a" or "the" is required.


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Mazmaz14

The english translation sounds weird. Anyone to explain the swahili sentence in parts please? Am lost


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/AGreatUserName

The English translation is missing the words "if" and "a" ... and to make it slightly more natural English: "If he bought a phone, he would get a gift."

The Swahili sentence breaks down to:

a- "he/she"
-nge- HYPOTHETICAL
-nunua buy

simu phone

a- "he/she"
-nge- HYPOTHETICAL
-pata "get/receive/find"

zawadi "gift"

When you've got two -nge- verbs in a sentence, you can assume the first one is the "if" one (here "if s/he bought") and the second one the "then" one (here: "(then) s/he would receive").

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