How to use the definite article in Lingala

How to use the definite article in Lingala

You want to learn how to use the definite article in Lingala? You've come to the right place! Scroll down and see the short Lingala lessons complete with useful examples. The apple, the house, the book... we'll teach you about the Lingala definite article in a simple, clear and enjoyable way.

The Lingala definite article

The definite article is what we call the word 'the' in English. The English definite article 'the' does not exist in Lingala. Unlike English, a noun on its own can be considered definite without the need for a specific word to show this.

Examples

mesa
the table
mokolo
the day
mpunda
the horse
buku
the book
mwana mobali
the boy
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Step 4 : The definite article in Lingala

The definite article is what we call the word the in English. The definite article is used with nouns in English (the book, the chair, the door etc.). Using the nouns buku, kiti and ekuke (book, chair, door) which you learned in Step 3, learn how to use each noun with the definite article. This is easy in Lingala, because in Lingala, there is no definite article. So the word buku can mean book or the book, the word kiti can mean chair or the chair and the word ekuke can mean door or the door. You can scroll to the top of this page to see a short lesson about the definite article in Lingala including useful examples. Once you have learned to use the definite article with the Lingala nouns buku, kiti and ekuke, you're ready to move on to Step 5 (the plural in Lingala).

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