Igbo Plural

Welcome to the fourth Igbo lesson about the plural. This time we will learn about the singular form and what it looks like in the plural, followed by grammar rules, finally a list of emergency phrases.

book
book
akwụkwọ
books
books
ọtụtụ akwụkwọ
car
car
ụgbọala
cars
cars
ọtụtụ ụgbọala
tree
tree
osisi
trees
trees
ọtụtụ osisi
flower
flower
flawa
flowers
flowers
ọtụtụ flawa

Plural Grammar Rules

The plural is the form which refers to more than one object or person. For example: I speak two languages the plural here is [languages] because it refers to more than one [language]. The examples below use plurals in different ways and places to demonstrate how they look wehn converted from their singular form.

Grammar + Rules
Igbo
I speak one language
[singular form]
ana m asụ ofu asụsụ
we speak three languages
[plural noun]
anyị na-asụ asụsụ atọ
he visits many countries
[adverb + plural noun]
ọ na eje ọtụtụ obodo
they are happy now
[plural pronoun]
obi dị fa aňụlị kịta
she has five red shoes
[adjective + plural noun]
ọ nwere akpụkwụ mme mme ise
I want a sandwich without onions
[preposition + plural noun]
achọrọ m ofu sanwich alabasa adịghị

The following is a list of examples showing both the singular and plural form. This demonstrates how the plural is used with humans, objects and animals.

woman
woman
nwanyị
women
women
ụmụ nwanyị
man
man
nwoke
men
men
ụmụ nwoke
house
house
ụlọ
houses
houses
ọtụtụ ụlọ
cup
country
iko
cups
countries
ọtụtụ iko
cow
cow
efi/ehi
cows
cows
ọtụtụ efi/ehi
horse
horse
ayịya
horses
horses
ọtụtụ ayiya

Emergency Phrases

Now it's time to practice your Igbo by looking at these phrases which are related to emergencies. Be prepared when traveling abroad, just in case you need help or by offering help to someone else. I recommend writing these expressions down on a notebook before traveling.

English
Igbo
Help
enyemaka
Call the ambulance
kpọọ ambulans
I need a doctor
a chọrọ m dibia oyibo
Where is the closest pharmacy?
kedụ ebe a na ere ọgwụ kacha dị nso?
Are you okay?
ị dịkwa mma?
I am sick
arụ adịghị m
Call the police
kpọọ ndị uwe ojii

Did you enjoy this lesson about the plural in Igbo? I hope so, if you have any problem with this lesson contact me with questions you have here. You can now check the next lesson below.

Igbo Nouns   Igbo Nouns

Igbo Gender   Igbo Gender



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