The Substantive

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With the substantive number can be expressed by the use of the auxiliary akka (58 3). Akka is only rarely used because the verb, either in the active or the passive, often presents the opportunity to express the plural. A substantive has, of itself, no number, so that it can represent one thing as well as a number of things. It is merely the name of a thing, without any indication of quantity, and, as such, is on a par with a substantive that, in English, is the determining part of a compound word, e.g., cow-hide, horse-fly, cow-grass, cow-box. It is, therefore, often from the context that one has to decide whether or not one or more things are indicated, e.g., sada horbona — one, is his buffalo (36), duwa horbona — two, are his buffaloes, i.e., he has one buffalo, he has two buffaloes.


Subordinate Clause Passive Form Nominal Form Extended Passive Passive Imperative 
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