One Random Word for each Part of Speech

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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-ilhis; her; its; their (non-human).
2aux.auxiliarymowill; shall; become; get.
3aux.past.auxiliary past tensemlobecame; got.
4babya baby wordnennengsleep.
5conj.a conjuctione le akbecause I.
6cont.a contractionailechalailecha el
7expressionan expressionikakidhere they (things) are.
8interj.interjectionchouOh.
9mod.modifiertokuniespecially; particularly.
10n.nounklakmiiltype of fish.
11n.a.s.anticipating state nounchiutekillvine.
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 nounomelesaction of cutting or slicing.
15n.instr.instrument nounolibekring finger.
16n.pl.plural nounrechimeriilinhabitants of Meriil.
17n.poss.1pea noun possessed by the speaker and perhaps others, but not the listenercheremamour (exclusive) laughs.
18n.poss.1pia noun possessed by the speaker and the listener and perhaps othersbudour (inclusive) smell/odor/scent.
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 listenercheritemyour (singular) grass skirt.
22n.poss.3pa noun possessed by multiple peoplecherrirtheir laughs.
23n.poss.3snoun possesed by a single personsbechelthe action of breaking branches off of trees.
24n.r.s.resulting state nounulsiaolseam.
25n.r.s.poss.3sa resulting state noun possessed by a single person, animal, or thingulechelheart; core.
26n.r.s.redup.a reduplicated resulting state noundelmedimechlarge amount of dots or spots.
27n.redup.noun reduplicatedklekekemangetheight; length.
28n.res.a residual noun; something formed residually after an actionulengesobel(replantable) stem after taro, tapioca, sugarcane, etc. is cut.
29num.numberoketiu90 [ninety] (unit of time; human; animal; nonliving thing).
30pro.pronounngerawhat; which; what kind of; anything (but or except).
31ques.question wordngerrachwhat is it?
32v.a.s.anticipating state verbsuisall(match) is to be struck/lighted.
33v.a.s.redup.a reduplicated anticipating state verbremeremoteltotally weakened by fright.
34v.caus.causative verbomeksengerengerlet or make (someone) go hungry (often, deliberately).
35v.caus.inch.an inchoative causative verboldiongis beginning to shout.
36v.caus.redup.a reduplicated causative verbomkiksausort of make (someone) used to.
37v.erg.ergative verbmechilekelekget rubbed between hands; become soft or pliable; (plants) get torn apart (by wind).
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 verbmoteteraueasy to sell.
42v.i.intransitive verbngmasech(sun) rise; (ship) get stuck or wrecked (on reef, etc.); (ship) run aground (on reef, etc.); (vehicle) scrape bottom.
43v.i.inch.inchoative instransitive verbriedangis just leaving.
44v.i.pred.predictive instransitive verbmerekungis about to come or arrive.
45v.i.redup.intransitive verb reduplicatedoureretakl(person) walk stealthily (when hunting); (animal) stalk.
46v.imp.imperative verbmluut(you) go again.
47v.imp.3piimperative verb suggesting a collective activity with both the speaker and listener(s)debiiLet's divide [our ...]
48v.inch.inchoative verbkoieihas (miraculously) survived.
49v.pasta past-tense of a verbmlongwent.
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 personmekelekeliigo (walking) around as far as (particular place).
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 verbkoliangbeginning to eat up.
55v.pred.a predictive verbrobetungis about to fall.
56v.r.s.a resulting state verbulechaducut with scissors; picked up with tongs.
57v.r.s.redup.a reduplicated resulting state verbtelemtamkshaved in places; (animal's fur) fallen out in places.
58v.r.s.t.a resulting transitive state verbkluokucarrying; cradling.
59v.recip.a reciprocal verbkautelubtease each other.
60v.recip.redup.a reciprocal, reduplicated, verbkausisiangeltouch or talk with each other playfully.
61v.redup.a reduplicated verbmelledolkkeep kicking or stomping.
62v.s.a state verbsumaol(male) always looking for or grabbing at women or horny.
63v.s.inch.a state inchoative verbkmedangis getting near or close.
64v.s.inch.redupa reduplicated inchoative state vertmediditangis just getting dry.
65v.s.pl.a state verb describing multiple people, animals, or objectsmekesengam(hair) straight (required with plural object).
66v.s.pred.a predictive state verbkmedungis about to get near or close.
67v.s.redup.a reduplicated state verbbelelengelvery long/tall.
68v.s.redup.inch.a reduplicated inchoative state verbbekerkerdangis getting red.
69v.s.t.transitive state verbmetiturnot know how to; be incapable of; cannot (do something).
70v.s.t.inch.inchoative transitive state verbmedechangis getting to know how (to); is becoming skilled.
71v.s.t.redup.a reduplicated transitive state verbmetetiturrather unfamiliar with.
72v.t.a transitive verboudengerengermisbehave; make (oneself) obnoxious; act mischievously or naughtily (esp., when knowing that one should not).
73v.t.inch.an inchoative transitive verbdongchiangbegin to recognize or identify.
74v.t.pred.a predictive transitive verbmelekingungis about to talk.
75v.t.redup.a transitive verb reduplicatedmelituichkeep shining light on.
76var.a variant spelling and pronounciation of another worddebechalldebachel
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