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by janKipo
Sat Aug 31, 2019 7:11 pm
Forum: sin pi toki pona
Topic: Input on this translation
Replies: 6
Views: 9555

Re: Input on this translation

‘Jan pi nasi lawa’ is also used for police.
by janKipo
Wed Sep 04, 2019 8:03 am
Forum: kama sona toki
Topic: How would you say "to show"
Replies: 4
Views: 979

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 Sep 07, 2019 8:13 am
Forum: jan nasa li wile ante e toki pona
Topic: Some missing words
Replies: 24
Views: 11810

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
Sun Sep 08, 2019 3:08 pm
Forum: jan nasa li wile ante e toki pona
Topic: Some missing words
Replies: 24
Views: 11810

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 21, 2019 10:36 am
Forum: kama sona toki
Topic: "When" in Toki Pona
Replies: 5
Views: 1036

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
Mon Sep 23, 2019 9:13 am
Forum: kama sona toki
Topic: "When" in Toki Pona
Replies: 5
Views: 1036

Re: "When" in Toki Pona

Not knowing how the sentence goes on, I can only guess that this is coordinating and so a ‘la’ phrase.
by janKipo
Fri Sep 27, 2019 8:22 pm
Forum: kama sona toki
Topic: nena suli pi suli pona li lon ala - Ain't no mountain high enough
Replies: 4
Views: 994

Re: nena suli pi suli pona li lon ala - Ain't no mountain high enough

Don’t need to repeat ‘suli’ ‘nena pi suli pona’ is "a high enough mountain” vocative comes before the sentence, so start with ‘jan lili o,’ (strange rule but apparently firm.) same throughout. ‘jan lili o’ probably not quite what ‘babe’ is about; maybe ‘jan suwi’ or so. prob ‘anpa pona’ for “lo...
by janKipo
Sat Sep 28, 2019 11:52 am
Forum: jan nasa li wile ante e toki pona
Topic: Word Idea For Triangle - Sanku
Replies: 11
Views: 1876

Re: Word Idea For Triangle - Sanku

Nice reasoning but it is not clear that we need a word for triangles at the basic level. Surely ‘ijo (or ‘sijelo' or some such word) pi poki si (tu wan)’ would do for those rare occasions when we need the word.
by janKipo
Sun Sep 29, 2019 8:35 am
Forum: jan nasa li wile ante e toki pona
Topic: Word Idea For Triangle - Sanku
Replies: 11
Views: 1876

Re: Word Idea For Triangle - Sanku

Well, ‘sike’ is hard to do in a compact form. ‘Leko’ is slightly easier but isn’t a real tp word. Both of these have a fair number of other uses as well. But then ‘sanku’ could function for “wedge” and “slope” and probably several other things if it were introduced. So the basic problem is just that...
by janKipo
Mon Sep 30, 2019 7:34 am
Forum: kama sona toki
Topic: nena suli pi suli pona li lon ala - Ain't no mountain high enough
Replies: 4
Views: 994

Re: nena suli pi suli pona li lon ala - Ain't no mountain high enough

The question about vocative + imperative is currently disputed. The full form is always safe, the abbreviated may be understood but misinterpreted.
‘ken e’ “cause to be able, enable, remove any forces against” ‘ken’ as a noun means, “freedom, etc.”

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