Welcome to the fourth Xhosa 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.
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|
|I speak one language|
|ndithetha ulwimi olunye |
|we speak three languages|
|Sithetha iilwimi ezintathu |
|he visits many countries|
[adverb + plural noun]
|utyelela amazwe amaninzi |
|they are happy now|
|bonwabile ngoku |
|she has five red shoes|
[adjective + plural noun]
|unezihlangu ezintlanu ezibomvu |
|I want a sandwich without onions|
[preposition + plural noun]
|ndifuna isamintshi engenatswele |
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.
Now it's time to practice your Xhosa 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.
|Call the ambulance|
|biza inqwelo yezigulani|
|I need a doctor|
|Where is the closest pharmacy?|
|iphi indawo ethengisa amayeza ekufutshane?|
|Are you okay?|
|I am sick|
|Call the police|
Did you enjoy this lesson about the plural in Xhosa? 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.