How to use the definite article in Zulu

How to use the definite article in Zulu

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

The Zulu definite article

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


the table
the building
the sister
the child
the bird
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Step 4 : The definite article in Zulu

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 incwadi, isihlalo and umnyango (book, chair, door) which you learned in Step 3, learn how to use each noun with the definite article. This is easy in Zulu, because in Zulu, there is no definite article. So the word incwadi can mean book or the book, the word isihlalo can mean chair or the chair and the word umnyango 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 Zulu including useful examples. Once you have learned to use the definite article with the Zulu nouns incwadi, isihlalo and umnyango, you're ready to move on to Step 5 (the plural in Zulu).

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