How would you say "to show"

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jan Seloki
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How would you say "to show"

Postby jan Seloki » Mon Sep 02, 2019 6:40 pm

Should "to show" be kama e lukin (cause to see) or ken e lukin (allow to see) or is there really a difference? In other words should " I'll show you a picture" be "mi kama e ni:sina li lukin e sitelen" or "mi ken e ni: sina lukin e sitelen".
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Re: How would you say "to show"

Postby jan Jojanese » Tue Sep 03, 2019 10:19 pm

"i'll show you a picture" - mi pana lukin e sitelen tawa sina
mi pilin pona tawa ijo mijomi ni

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Re: How would you say "to show"

Postby janKipo » Wed Sep 04, 2019 8:03 am

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.


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