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"Is Faridi cleaning the bucket?"

Translation:Faridi anasafisha ndoo?

November 1, 2017



"Je" marks the sentence as a question. It's usually put at the beginning or at the end of the sentence.


What is the je doing? What is that about?


'Je' at the beginning of a sentence means 'here comes a question that requires a Yes/No answer'.


It's sometimes used with questions that have a question word too, but it's not as useful I guess so less common.


Thanks. Is it a bit like 'do/does' in English?


So is it like 'est-ce que' in French, 'hal' in Arabic, and 'apakah' in Indonesian?


Thanks. So is it like an auxiliary verb in English?


I don't think it to be an auxilary verb. It must be rather a particle. I also speak bambara, another guineo congolese language. And in this language interrogatives sentences have also their particle, wa, but at the end of sentence. I guess that in swahili the contruction is nearly the same with the exact same sentence than in the affirmative mode but with the interrogative particle, je, at the begining .


I read somewhere that "je" is a question marker.


How does one distinguish between kuosha, kusafisha and kufua?


Kuosha = to wash (something)
Kusafisha = to clean (something) (from safi, the adjective "clean")
Kufua = to beat (something), to wash (clothes ... only used meaning "wash" with clothes)

There's also ...

Kunawa = to wash (a part of your body, eg. hands, face)
Kuoga = to wash (your whole body, ie. have a shower, take a bath)


So many different words for washing, how curious!


It's the same thing in German, too.


It explains a lot thank you


Kusafisha is to clean. kuosha is to wash and kufua is specifically for washing clothes.


Weird ... I couldn't see your reply when I wrote mine, but it says you wrote it yesterday.


It has to do with the way data is written into the database. If you run duolingo app from two phones you'll experience mire of that. I lost a long streak that way.


Why is there no space between "Je," and "Faridi"?


Funny. I've added Je to the begining of a question like this and had it marked wrong. Come back to practice, leave off the Je remembering I got it wrong last time, got it wrong this time! LOL I can't win!


not sure why it was marked wrong, with or without is correct


How can one clean a bucket without water? It seems like kuosha should also work here?


If The Kids Set Their Toys In A Bucket And I Wanted To Clean It Out, If Wouldn't Neccesarily Take Water To Do So.


In the form with "Je," at the start (otherwise identical to the model answer given on this page), there is no space after the comma, and when I did add it in it was said that I had an extra space. Presumably this is a (minor) error in the course? Or are the punctuation/spacing rules different in Swahili?


In my chats with my Tanzanian friends, they never put a space after a comma. It must just be how it's done


Punctuation rules are not different, it's a weird Duo glitch


"Je" is a question marker


Je marks a question and is only used in writing, as context and tone usually indicates a question in conversation

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