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by janKipo
Sat Sep 21, 2019 10:36 am
Forum: kama sona toki
Topic: "When" in Toki Pona
Replies: 3
Views: 32

Re: "When" in Toki Pona

As always, it depends on context. If yiu are asking a question that wants a time specificiation, then ‘tenpo seme?’ is just ritgh, either before or after the specification: “When will you come?” ‘tenpo seme la sina kama?’ or ‘sina kama lon tenpo seme?’. But if it is to cooordinate two events, “when”...
by janKipo
Sun Sep 08, 2019 3:08 pm
Forum: jan nasa li wile ante e toki pona
Topic: Some missing words
Replies: 24
Views: 9586

Re: Some missing words

Well, ‘e’ only occurs before a direct object, so only in a predicate, where direct objects are, and thus not in a noun phrase, which cannot contain a predicate (since no li’, for example). I don’t think it is ever explicitly said, but it is implicit and implied throughout. Now, ‘pi’ does not only oc...
by janKipo
Sat Sep 07, 2019 8:13 am
Forum: jan nasa li wile ante e toki pona
Topic: Some missing words
Replies: 24
Views: 9586

Re: Some missing words

Alternatives are in use for most of these
The proposals for age ,while well motivated, are ungrammatical. ‘e’ cannot occur in a ‘pi’ phrase.
by janKipo
Wed Sep 04, 2019 8:03 am
Forum: kama sona toki
Topic: How would you say "to show"
Replies: 2
Views: 56

Re: How would you say "to show"

Well, the first two give the wrong notion since the direct object in a causative construction is the subject of the caused action so this is”cause or allow a view”, which misses the point a bit. The third, two-sentence, solution is safe. The last involves a new idiom but looks like it should work.
by janKipo
Sat Aug 31, 2019 7:11 pm
Forum: sin pi toki pona
Topic: Input on this translation
Replies: 5
Views: 7292

Re: Input on this translation

‘Jan pi nasi lawa’ is also used for police.
by janKipo
Thu Aug 29, 2019 10:35 pm
Forum: sitelen toki
Topic: Has an official writing system been established?
Replies: 11
Views: 4687

Re: Has an official writing system been established?

Possibly true but it is still just a code.
by janKipo
Thu Aug 29, 2019 8:22 am
Forum: ante toki
Topic: Jewish songs
Replies: 6
Views: 172

Re: Jewish songs

Sorry, I took the ‘lon’s To be modifying ‘jan sewi mi’, a noun phrase, not the the vestigial verb phrase of which it was part. So it is my knowledge, not God, that is in earth and heaven?
by janKipo
Wed Aug 28, 2019 12:54 pm
Forum: ante toki
Topic: Jewish songs
Replies: 6
Views: 172

Re: Jewish songs

Hava Nagila works nicely as a translation and as a song (I could scarcely keep from dancing). The only questions are 1) matters of punctuation, where it is not clear whether things are vocatives or subjects and the whole hortatory imperatives or ordinary imperatives. 2) the whole current confusion a...
by janKipo
Tue Aug 27, 2019 1:25 pm
Forum: jan nasa li wile ante e toki pona
Topic: otoke tokpon tenlil
Replies: 7
Views: 5690

Re: otoke tokpon tenlil

Many problems with this system, in addition to those you note. Basically, it is designed to fit tp.
by janKipo
Tue Aug 27, 2019 1:23 pm
Forum: sona pona
Topic: mani anpa li pona
Replies: 2
Views: 205

Re: mani anpa li pona

“bottom money” seems odd, but I don’t know how to say “guaranteed minimum income” or some such thing, so this probably works; “base income”, say. ‘seme’ forces a question mark at the end of the sentence. I am not sure you are posing a question and answering it or just say you want to talk about the ...

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