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Difference between saya, aku, and -ku

I already know some things about these — saya, aku, and -ku. I know saya is formal ‘I’ and aku is informal ‘I’. I know they can both be put after a word to make it possessive, along with -ku. But I don’t know if they are interchangeable for possessives and if they are not, when they are used. And are there any other tips for the grammar of these words? Grateful for any answers, DanielvanD18

July 12, 2019

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

I know saya is formal ‘I’ and aku is informal ‘I’.

Yes, this is the difference, the formality.

But I don’t know if they are interchangeable for possessives

Yes, they are interchangeable (difference in formality).

And are there any other tips for the grammar of these words?

'ku-' can be used as a prefix to a verb in a passive sentence.


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/DanielVanD18

What I meant by if the possessives are interchangeable is are saya and aku after a word the same as -ku after a word? Thanks for the explanations.


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

Yes, as possessives, 'saya' / 'aku' / '- ku' are interchangeable.

As long as you don't mix 'saya' and 'aku' in one sentence.

Saya membaca bukuku di sekolah. <== Don't mix it like this.

Aku membaca buku saya di sekolah. <== Don't mix it like this.

'Saya membaca buku saya di sekolah'.

'Aku membaca bukuku di sekolah'.

The last two sentences are the same.
The only difference is the formality.


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/DanielVanD18

So -ku is just short for aku? Sorry my lack of knowledge :)


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

Yes.

'ku' is the short form for 'aku'.


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/DanielVanD18

Thanks for help. :)

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