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Nyumba nyingine ni nzuri - singular or plural?

Is there any way to tell if this is singular or plural? Currently the plural (Other houses are nice) is accepted as correct, and the singular (Another house is nice) isn't.

Afaik there's no way of telling the difference here (with class 9/10), but am I missing something? The notes are here: https://www.duolingo.com/skill/sw/Adjectives-2/tips-and-notes - they list two possible forms for the plural (nyingine/zingine), but nyingine is identical for the singular.

(I didn't report it so far, because I wasn't sure)

Edit: Why the down-vote? Is it not ok to ask actual language questions here?

1 month ago

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https://www.duolingo.com/machieng

you're right, for (N/N) you need more context to distinguish between singular and plural

1 month ago

https://www.duolingo.com/hannepanda

Great, thanks for the confirmation, I'll report it the next time I see it :)

1 month ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Ernst557459

I think that you are right, and that there is no difference between the singular and plural. The following examples are translations from glosbe.com that seem to confirm this:

au nchi moja hadi nyingine -> or from one land to another

mahitaji ya pekee katika nchi nyingine -> specific needs in other lands

Mkutano wa video ni njia nyingine -> video conferencing is another way

Kama katika nchi nyingine -> as in other countries

1 month ago

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There's no way to distinguish singular from plural in this sentence in standard Swahili.

The form zingine is used by some people in the plural, but it's not considered standard.

Of course, if you switch to anything but the present tense, suddenly you get a nice i- or zi- subject marker to tell you.

Nyumba nyingine zilikuwa nzuri. = The other houses were nice.

1 month ago
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