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Tenses

Simple tense

Past Present Future
I worked I work I will work
Nilifanya kazi Ninafanya kazi Nitafanya kazi

Continuous tense

Past Present Future
I was working I am working I will be working
Nilikuwa (ni)nafanya kazi Ninafanya kazi Nitakuwa (ni)nafanya kazi
Nilikuwa nikifanya kazi Ninafanya kazi Nitakuwa nikifanya kazi

Perfect tense

Past Present Future
I had worked I have worked I will have worked
Nilikuwa nimefanya kazi Nimefanya kazi Nitakuwa nimefanya kazi

NB: perfect continuous tense doesn't translate well to Swahili, since the translations overlap with perfect tense. If you're curious, 'I have been working' translates to 'Nimekuwa nikifanya kazi'

May 13, 2019

2 Comments


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/amk_61

Thank you - this is so useful!! Lingots your way.

Would you be able to do this for all the persons as well? I am getting a little confused about the difference between, for example, 'unasoma' and 'wewe husoma'.

June 2, 2019

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

the tenses infixes are the same regardless of persons.

For the tense infix -na-, it can be used both for present continuous tense, or present habitual tense. The prefix hu- is only used for habitual tense

  • Present continuous tense: Maria anasoma vitabu - Maria is reading books
  • Habitual tense: Maria anasoma vitabu - Maria husoma vitabu - Maria reads books
June 3, 2019
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