Sunday, March 13, 2011

Leksion Chamoru: Prefix mina'-

Mina'- is a very simple prefix, it is an "ordinal marker." That just means that it takes a "cardinal" number (2, 3, 4...) and changes it to an ordinal (2nd, 3rd, 4th...).
  • Dos (two) => Mina'dos (second)
  • Bente (twenty) => Mina'bente (twentieth)
  • Katotse (fourteen) => Mina'katotse (fourteenth)
Only the number 1 is different,
  • Unu (one) => Fine'na/Finene'na/Fine'nana (first)
Fine'na/Finene'na/Fine'nana all come from the root fo'na/mo'na (front).

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