How to use demonstrative pronouns in Somali

How to use demonstrative pronouns in Somali

You want to learn how to use demonstrative pronouns in Somali? You've come to the right place! Scroll down and see the short Somali lessons complete with useful examples. This house, that house... we make learning Somali demonstrative pronouns easy for you.

Somali demonstrative pronouns : this

Demonstrative pronouns are used with nouns to make them more specific. A unique feature of Somali is that, unlike English, the demonstrative pronoun comes after the noun as a suffix. The English demonstrative pronoun 'this' has different forms in Somali. The form of the demonstrative pronoun depends on whether the noun to which it belongs is masculine, or feminine. The demonstrative pronoun for masculine nouns is '-kan' or '-han'. The demonstrative pronoun for feminine nouns is '-tan' or '-dan'.

Examples

wiilkan
this boy
qofkan
this person
gurigan
this house
miiskan
this table
tufaaxan
this apple
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Somali belongs to the Afro-Asiatic language family. If you are planning on doing some travelling, learning Somali would be a great way to make the most of your trip.

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Step 6 : Somali demonstrative pronouns

Demonstrative pronouns are used to refer to specific objects and their locations. In English, this would be the words this and these to refer to objects which are near and that and those to refer to objects which are further away. Using the nouns buug, kursi and albaab (book, chair, door) which you learned in Step 3, learn to use the demonstrative pronouns with each of these nouns (this book, that chair, these doors). You can scroll to the top of this page to see a short lesson about Somali demonstrative pronouns including useful examples. After you've learned to use the Somali demonstrative pronouns with the nouns buug, kursi and albaab and the plural nouns buugaagta, kuraas and albaaba you can move on to Step 7 (Somali adjectives).

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