The Mafulu eBook

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There is no article, but the expression u mane is used in reference to any thing which has been previously spoken about.

Ex. enamb’ ifa, or enamb’ un’ ifa, it (is) a good road; but enamb u man’ ifa, the road (which has been mentioned) is good.

IV.  Interrogative Adjectives.

For these. See Pronouns.

V. Indefinite Adjectives.

The indefinite adjectives are oko, some, a little, part of; tale(le), several, many; korio, several; gegeto, a few, several; alu(ve), all; urambe, another; none, together, one with the other; dovavemunge? domamai? how many?

Note.—­When oko is followed by a word beginning with i, it becomes oku.

Ex. Kuku oko nei, give me some tobacco; nemb’ oko ematsi, they will spear the birds; bodol’ oko tsia, take one of his hands; indiv’ oko ya, take a knife; kuk oko ua, (there is) no tobacco; indiv’ oku i, give him a knife; ake talel’ ando, there are many men; kupa korio inde, give several potatoes; me’ gegeto indiatsi, some children will come; aked’ aluvi etsi ando, all the men are in the village; nau mel’ alu, all my children; indiv’ urambe ya, take another knife; Pitsoke non’ ade, the Pitsoke strike one another; oye non’ ongete, the dogs keep beside each other; kokol’ ul’ ombo dovavemunge? how many eggs? nu sise domamai? how many dog’s teeth?

VI.  Possessive Adjectives.

See Possessive Pronouns.


I. There are only two numerals:  fida (ne), one, and gegeto, two. Gegeto is also used for a small number, and gegetom’inda, is little used for three.  For more than three, gegeto, meaning “a few,” or tale(le), “many” is used.

II.  There are no ordinals and the only distributive is fida fida, one by one.


I. Personal Pronouns.  Simple.


lst Person      na, nave, nani,       I, me
2nd Person      nu, nove, nuni,       thou, thee
3rd Person      u(ne), ove, uni,      he, she, it, him, her


lst Person      da, dani,             we, or us two
2nd Person      ya, yani,             you two
3rd Person      tu, tuni,             they, or them two


1st Person      di, dini,             we, us
2nd Person      yi yini,              you
3rd Person      mu, muni,             they, them

1.  The first form na, nu, u(ne) etc., is used either as subject or object of the verb, the meaning being only indicated by the position of the word.

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