er, prep.indicates specific (as opposed to non-specific) object noun phrase in certain constructions [similar to how 'the' is different from 'a']; used to precede the object of locational, directional, source, temporal, and causal phrases.
er a omeketakl a ilekelel a tekoi e dirrek el omech; chad er a Belau, ak merael er a chelechang.
eracont.er a
racont.er a
Examples:
> It's fine/OK with me.
> With whom was God angry for forty years?
> You're not allowed to make noise here.
> My mother and brothers are those who hear the word of God and obey it.
> The children ate all the apples yesterday.
Proverbs:
> He's like Ngerechebal Island, which is neither closer to Imeliik nor closer to Ngerekebesang.
i.e. He's indecisive or not clearly taking sides.
> He's like the sea urchins between Ngiwal and Melekeok, on the ocean floor with its cover.
He has become secure or wealthy without working for it.
> Like the insects which stays at ashes of fire but doesn't burn.
You're near a situation which needs immediate attention but you don't lend a hand.
> It's like when the men of Ngesias clamored over what they had lost (after a party of raiders had attacked without warning and taken a head as a trophy).
Don't cry over split milk.
> They are as though eating deldalech.
Deldalech is the material once used to blacken teeth in Palau. When the deldalech was applied it was "eaten" by keeping the mouth and lips completely immobile for several hours until the dye had set. May be applied to a meeting at which some problem is presented for discussion and no discussion takes place, all the participants sitting in stony silence; also to a person or group that receives a reprimand in silence.
More Examples:
> I want to get married before I turn 60.
> Watch the children.
> I was born In Guam
> We went fishing last night and had large catch.
> We went to pick up our kid at the airport.

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