Yoruba Plural

Welcome to the fourth Yoruba 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
iwe
books
books
awon iwe
car
car
oko-ayokele
cars
cars
awon oko-ayokele
tree
tree
igi
trees
trees
awon igi
flower
flower
ododo
flowers
flowers
awon ododo

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
Yoruba
I speak one language
[singular form]
mo nso ede kan
we speak three languages
[plural noun]
a nso awon ede meta
he visits many countries
[adverb + plural noun]
o ti de opolopo orile-ede
they are happy now
[plural pronoun]
inu won dun bayi
she has five red shoes
[adjective + plural noun]
o ni bata pupa marun
I want a sandwich without onions
[preposition + plural noun]
mo fe ounje-ipanu laisi alubosa

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
arabirin
women
women
awon arabirin
man
man
arakunrin
men
men
awon arakunrin
house
house
ile
houses
houses
awon ile
cup
country
ife
cups
countries
awon ife
cow
cow
maalu
cows
cows
awon maalu
horse
horse
esin
horses
horses
awon esin

Emergency Phrases

Now it's time to practice your Yoruba 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
Yoruba
Help
iranlowo
Call the ambulance
pe oko ile-iwosan
I need a doctor
mo nilo onisegun
Where is the closest pharmacy?
nibo ni ile ipo-oogun to wa nitosi?
Are you okay?
se ara ya?
I am sick
mo nsa-i-san
Call the police
pe olopa

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

Yoruba Nouns   Yoruba Nouns

Yoruba Gender   Yoruba Gender



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