Monday, July 11, 2011

Grammar 5: Simple melanau preposition

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A preposition links nouns, pronouns and phrases to other words in a sentence. A preposition usually indicates the temporal, spatial or logical relationship of its object to the rest of the sentence as in the example in the table in this post.

Preposition Example in melanau mukah
jahak ( with, dengan, dan) Warna seik jahak ingkodok-
red and purple
bak (for, untuk) Itou bak nou-
this is for you
buyak ( because, kerana,sebab) buyak kaau -
because of you
keman (from, dari,daripada) keman kayou-
from wood
gak ( at, di, pada ) akou migak gak pat badek-
i woke up at 4 am
jebah ( beside, sebelah) jebah siyen-
beside him
segak ( close to, dekat) kudok segak kou-
sit close to me
bateng ( while, during, sedang) bateng keman-
during a meal
dagen ( in, dalam) dagen kutek-
in the box
ji ( like, seperti) ji kuyad-
like a monkey
tapak ( until, sehingga) tapak lau itou-
until today

Certain prepositions have special sentence structure:

Point of time/ duration + ngak ( Since, sejak)
Akou tapak gitou mabei ngak
I've arrived here since yesterday

Paut or Ketayi ( Since, Sejak)
Paut / Ketayi a tina matai enda muung a lalu siyen-
Since the death of her mother, she isolates herself.

Si-ieang..., mudei.... ( first..., then...), ( dahulu..., kemudian)
keman si-eang, mudei kaau pulek.
eat first, then you can go back.

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