Ga'- : Animal Classifier
While many Chamorro speakers decide not to use this construction, it's still used by most, and is not very difficult to understand. In this application ga'- simply denotes an animal.
The most common usage of the prefix is with one of the possessive suffixes, i.e., -hu, -mu, -ña, etc. For example:
- Ga'-hu = My animal
- Ga'-ña = His/Her animal
- Ga'-ñiha = Their animal
- Ga'lågu = Dog
Ga'- : Strong liking or Preference
This application of the prefix is rather simple, because when it's added to the front of a word it just means that it's preferred or strongly liked. Here are some examples:
- Ga'sålåpe' si Juan. = John really likes/loves money.
- Ga'kumentos gue'. = S/he likes to talk (is talkative).
- Ga'maigo' si Maria. = Maria loves to sleep.