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-alhis; her; its; their.
2aux.auxiliarymowill; shall; become; get.
3aux.past.auxiliary past tensemlobecame; got.
4babya baby wordenchisit down.
5conj.a conjuctionobo ebut.
6cont.a contractionngikalngika el
7expressionan expressionikakidhere they (things) are.
8interj.interjectionchaibiok; all right.
9mod.modifierbaicomparatively; by comparison, instead; rather. Also used in conditional sentences to contrast two events.
10n.nounchosoitime of night close to, but after, midnight.
11n.a.s.anticipating state nounterekillPrepared basket of food to be delivered to a cultural ceremony.
12n.a.s.poss.3san anticipating state noun possessed by a single person, animal, or thingchuklelweaving work.
13n.a.s.redup.a reduplicated anticipating state nounkerrekeriiltrial; judgement.
14n.act.action nounomelim(action of) drinking
15n.instr.instrument nounolekodekany instrument used for cutting (e.g., knife).
16n.pl.plural nounrechelonginhabitants of Ngerechelong.
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 othersBelauadour Palau.
19n.poss.1sa noun possessed by the speakersesebechekmy (limited) ability.
20n.poss.2pa noun possessed by multiple listenerscherengiuportion; amount or quantity (of food) equal to those being served.
21n.poss.2sa noun possessed by a single listenerbngamyour (singular) flower, green coconut sheath, etc.
22n.poss.3pa noun possessed by multiple peoplecherrirtheir laughs.
23n.poss.3snoun possesed by a single personkebekebelalso band of spines on fish.
24n.r.s.resulting state nounklbochelbroken branch to mark trail; trail marker.
25n.r.s.poss.3sa resulting state noun possessed by a single person, animal, or thinguldechulelstrained or injured part of body.
26n.r.s.redup.a reduplicated resulting state noundelmedimechlarge amount of dots or spots.
27n.redup.noun reduplicatedcherchurlaughter.
28n.res.a residual noun; something formed residually after an actionullemedulldirtied water after mopping.
29num.numberta1 [one] (unit of time; human; counting).
30pro.pronountirkathese people near speaker and near listener.
31ques.question wordngerrachwhat is it?
32v.a.s.anticipating state verbokekallis to be filled up.
33v.a.s.redup.a reduplicated anticipating state verbsemsemikel(coconut) covered with fibers.
34v.caus.causative verbomektutauwait for morning.
35v.caus.inch.an inchoative causative verboldiongis beginning to shout.
36v.caus.redup.a reduplicated causative verbomekikiitforce (oneself) to miss; miss deliberately.
37v.erg.ergative verbobitechget capsized.
38v.erg.inch.an inchoactive ergative verbmecheseigetting blackened with soot or ink, burned or discolored.
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 verbobibkobk(eggshell, paint, etc.) peel off easily.
42v.i.intransitive verbouedeikorshave three wives.
43v.i.inch.inchoative instransitive verbomesilangis starting to eat supper or dinner.
44v.i.pred.predictive instransitive verbmerekungis about to come or arrive.
45v.i.redup.intransitive verb reduplicatedomcherechurcount casually.
46v.imp.imperative verbmngaiGo get some (things).
47v.imp.3piimperative verb suggesting a collective activity with both the speaker and listener(s)dekaingeseuLet's help each other!.
48v.inch.inchoative verbngourangis beginning to get or receive (a single object).
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 personmelkiiget coconuts from (tree).
53v.pf.3s.pasta perfective verb which happened in the past to a single person, animal, or thingmilelkiigot coconuts from (tree).
54v.pf.inch.a perfective inchoative verbcholbediangbeginning to hit.
55v.pred.a predictive verbkiungis about to sit.
56v.r.s.a resulting state verbdelibuktied into knot.
57v.r.s.redup.a reduplicated resulting state verbngenglemullnot well cut.
58v.r.s.t.a resulting transitive state verbkluokucarrying; cradling.
59v.recip.a reciprocal verbkaiuesechemgrab each other by the fist; hold each other's hand firmly.
60v.recip.redup.a reciprocal, reduplicated, verbkedekedechor(group of objects, people) all standing up at once.
61v.redup.a reduplicated verbmededechorstanding around doing nothing; loitering.
62v.s.a state verbchatterappropriate; suitable; compatible; (clothing, etc.) matching; (persons) well-suited for each other; just right for (situation, mood, etc.).
63v.s.inch.a state inchoative verbmeditangis beginning to dry.
64v.s.inch.redupa reduplicated inchoative state vertmediditangis just getting dry.
65v.s.pl.a state verb describing multiple people, animals, or objectsmekedungwell behaved (required with plural object).
66v.s.pred.a predictive state verbmechikunggoodbye (said to someone preparing to leave).
67v.s.redup.a reduplicated state verbngesengesohelpful; supportive.
68v.s.redup.inch.a reduplicated inchoative state verbbekerkerdangis getting red.
69v.s.t.transitive state verbchemaufacing towards.
70v.s.t.inch.inchoative transitive state verbmerrengangis getting ashamed of.
71v.s.t.redup.a reduplicated transitive state verbmetetiturrather unfamiliar with.
72v.t.a transitive verborrirechtake or snatch (before someone else has a chance).
73v.t.inch.an inchoative transitive verblotkangbegin to remember.
74v.t.pred.a predictive transitive verbmelekingungis about to talk.
75v.t.redup.a transitive verb reduplicatedmengchechetakltroll casually; walk casually holding hand of child, etc.
76var.a variant spelling and pronounciation of another wordcherrouelcherroel
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