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"Mwalimu wetu hakuwa mwanasiasa."

Translation:Our teacher was not a politician.

September 21, 2019



How do we know it's past tense?


The -ku- gives it away. This is the infix for the negative pas tense, and the -ku- of the verb kuwa is omitted.

mwalimu wetu si mwanasiasa: our teacher is not a politician.

mwalimu wetu alikuwa mwanasiasa: our teacher was a politician.

mwalimu wetu hakuwa mwanasiasa: our teacher was not a politician.

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