One Random Word for each Part of Speech

For a more thorough discussion of Palauan parts of speech, please refer to:

The following is a simple list of the Palauan parts of speech with brief descriptions and an example word for each one.

TypeExplanationExampleDefinition
1affixa word stem at the front or end of another word that modifies it-kidus (including you).
2aux.auxiliarymlahas (done something).
3aux.past.auxiliary past tensemlobecame; got.
4babya baby wordchochchongbathe.
5conj.a conjuctionse elwhen (in the future); whenever.
6cont.a contractionmeki'me ki-'
7expressionan expressionikakidhere they (things) are.
8interj.interjectionngeihere it is; take it.
9mod.modifiermafirst.
10n.nounblaolwhitish-colored trepang (larger than ngimes).
11n.a.s.anticipating state nounsuokelperson to be respected or revered.
12n.a.s.poss.3san anticipating state noun possessed by a single person, animal, or thingongellelthe fruit on a tree that is to fall or to be caused to fall.
13n.a.s.redup.a reduplicated anticipating state nounkerrekeriiltrial; judgement.
14n.act.action nounomeliltchoosing; school graduation.
15n.instr.instrument nounolutkpointer; pole (for picking fruit).
16n.pl.plural nounrechirukTrukese people.
17n.poss.1pea noun possessed by the speaker and perhaps others, but not the listenercheremamour (exclusive) price or cost.
18n.poss.1pia noun possessed by the speaker and the listener and perhaps otherschebudour (inclusive) ashes; fireplace; hearth.
19n.poss.1sa noun possessed by the speakerbukmy smell; my odor; my scent.
20n.poss.2pa noun possessed by multiple listenerscheremiuyour (plural) laughs.
21n.poss.2sa noun possessed by a single listenerbngamyour (singular) flower, green coconut sheath, etc.
22n.poss.3pa noun possessed by multiple peoplecherrirtheir prices or costs.
23n.poss.3snoun possesed by a single personbiselaction of turning pages.
24n.r.s.resulting state nounilengellarge wooden water tank.
25n.r.s.poss.3sa resulting state noun possessed by a single person, animal, or thingdeleklelcriticism of or about (someone); gossip about (someone).
26n.r.s.redup.a reduplicated resulting state noundelmedimechlarge amount of dots or spots.
27n.redup.noun reduplicatedderebechesiillove song (often involving fate or destiny).
28n.res.a residual noun; something formed residually after an actionullecheluchelsawdust.
29num.numbereim5 [five] (unit of time).
30pro.pronountiathis object near speaker and near listener .
31ques.question wordngerrachwhat is it?
32v.a.s.anticipating state verbkeradelis to be nibbled, munched or bitten.
33v.a.s.redup.a reduplicated anticipating state verbremeremoteltotally weakened by fright.
34v.caus.causative verboldermerempush (floating object, swimming person, etc.) under water; push or force (stake, etc.) into ground; push, thrust or insert (long object) into opening. .
35v.caus.inch.an inchoative causative verboldiongis beginning to shout.
36v.caus.redup.a reduplicated causative verboltetebetobedkeep taking out.
37v.erg.ergative verbomtekoklbecome suddenly alert after waking up suddenly.
38v.erg.inch.an inchoactive ergative verbmesbedangis getting informed.
39v.erg.pasta past-tense form on an ergative verbmilecheedgot/became stuck.
40v.erg.recip.redup.a reciprocated, ergative verbkabebeuget broken all at once.
41v.erg.redup.reduplicated ergative verbombibechaklfloating; drifting.
42v.i.intransitive verbomechaklfloat; drift.
43v.i.inch.inchoative instransitive verbolengellangis beginning to relax.
44v.i.pred.predictive instransitive verbmerekungis about to come or arrive.
45v.i.redup.intransitive verb reduplicatedombebelloklkeep swaying; sway back and forth.
46v.imp.imperative verbmrurt(You) run!.
47v.imp.3piimperative verb suggesting a collective activity with both the speaker and listener(s)deLet's (do something)!.
48v.inch.inchoative verbmochangis beginning to arrive; is just arriving.
49v.pasta past-tense of a verbmleicame; arrived.
50v.pf.3p.humana perfective verb operating on multiple peopletokingiterirtalk to people for purpose of discipline or persuasion.
51v.pf.3p.inan.pasta perfective verb which happened in the past to multiple objectsmilliikpicked (coconuts).
52v.pf.3sa perfective verb acting on a single personoruiiface (onto).
53v.pf.3s.pasta perfective verb which happened in the past to a single person, animal, or thingchiltengiipraised (him/her/it).
54v.pf.inch.a perfective inchoative verbcholbediangbeginning to hit.
55v.pred.a predictive verbkiungis about to sit.
56v.r.s.a resulting state verbblolech(penis) made erect.
57v.r.s.redup.a reduplicated resulting state verbrruroussorted out.
58v.r.s.t.a resulting transitive state verbkluokucarrying; cradling.
59v.recip.a reciprocal verbkaiuetourone person carry the other piggyback.
60v.recip.redup.a reciprocal, reduplicated, verbkabesbuspull (things) from each other.
61v.redup.a reduplicated verbmelekelikesgo around fishing (with spear) while poling boat.
62v.s.a state verbbekemongkalways complaining.
63v.s.inch.a state inchoative verbmedngesangis getting full.
64v.s.inch.redupa reduplicated inchoative state vertmediditangis just getting dry.
65v.s.pl.a state verb describing multiple people, animals, or objectsmekemangettall; long.
66v.s.pred.a predictive state verbietungis about to finish or be over.
67v.s.redup.a reduplicated state verbbechelechelingaolcontinously jealous.
68v.s.redup.inch.a reduplicated inchoative state verbmekekedeangbecoming itchy or horny.
69v.s.t.transitive state verbmedengeihave sexual knowledge of.
70v.s.t.inch.inchoative transitive state verbmedechangis getting to know how (to); is becoming skilled.
71v.s.t.redup.a reduplicated transitive state verbmededengeibe somewhat familiar with.
72v.t.a transitive verbomdorshade (someone, oneself) from sun; shelter (someone, oneself) from rain.
73v.t.inch.an inchoative transitive verbdongchiangbegin to recognize or identify.
74v.t.pred.a predictive transitive verbomrechungis about to spear.
75v.t.redup.a transitive verb reduplicatedmengaisisiuequal the height of; become as tall as; compare to; pretend as if.
76var.a variant spelling and pronounciation of another wordngebdelngebtel
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