What does adding "-ni" to nouns as a suffix do?
So I see the suffix "-ni" added to the end of some nouns (Nyumba -> Nyumbani; Misikiti -> Misikitini)
But I'm seeing two different explanations so I'm a little confused. It seems that the suffix can either indicate "in," "at," or "to" (as in, nyumba = house, nyumbani = in the house, at the house, or to the house) whereas other sources say that nyumba = house and nyumbani = home.
So what does adding "-ni" do to a noun? What about to a verb?
-ni on the end of many nouns expresses a location that's relevant to the noun.
Ziwa lake ziwani by the lake
Pori wilderness porini in the wild
Mlima mountain mlimani on the mountain
Barabara main road barabarani on the road
Nyumbani also means "at home" but has taken on the meaning generally of "home".