Shona Plural

Welcome to the fourth Shona 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
bhuku
books
books
mabhuku
car
car
motokari
cars
cars
motokari
tree
tree
muti
trees
trees
miti
flower
flower
ruva
flowers
flowers
maruva

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 when converted from their singular form.

Grammar + Rules
Shona
I speak one language
[singular form]
ndinotaura mutauro mumwechete
we speak three languages
[plural noun]
tinotaura mitauro mitatu
he visits many countries
[adverb + plural noun]
anoshanyira nyika dzakawanda
they are happy now
[plural pronoun]
vava kufara iye zvino
she has five red shoes
[adjective + plural noun]
ane shangu tsvuku shanu
I want a sandwich without onions
[preposition + plural noun]
ndiri kuda sangweji risina hanyanisi

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
mukadzi
women
women
vakadzi
man
man
murume
men
men
varume
house
house
imba
houses
houses
dzimba
cup
country
kapu
cups
countries
makapu
cow
cow
mombe
cows
cows
mombe
horse
horse
bhiza
horses
horses
mabhiza

Emergency Phrases

Now it's time to practice your Shona 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
Shona
Help
rubatsiro
Call the ambulance
daidza amburenzi
I need a doctor
ndiri kuda chiremba
Where is the closest pharmacy?
ndokupi kune famasi pedyo?
Are you okay?
hauna kukuvara here?
I am sick
ndiri kurwara
Call the police
daidza mapurisa

Did you enjoy this lesson about the plural in Shona? 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.

Shona Nouns   Shona Nouns

Shona Gender   Shona Gender



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