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 itkimu-we (excluding you).
2aux.auxiliarymowill; shall; become; get.
3aux.past.auxiliary past tensemlobecame; got.
4babya baby wordenchisit down.
5conj.a conjuctiona kmuif.
6cont.a contractionmek'me k-'
7expressionan expressionikakidhere they (things) are.
8interj.interjectionbutabutabutaway of calling pigs.
9mod.modifierkidcontentless word used for emphasis.
10n.nounbengtpurple colored sweet potato.
11n.a.s.anticipating state nounchesechaolsmall boils that spread over area of body.
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 nounomengetikaiktemptation.
15n.instr.instrument nounollaolmetal rack for roasting food on.
16n.pl.plural nounrechioreorinhabitants of Koror.
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 speakersesebechekmy (limited) ability.
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 laughs.
23n.poss.3snoun possesed by a single personngeltemelsomething that is licked.
24n.r.s.resulting state nounteloketokquarrel; strife.
25n.r.s.poss.3sa resulting state noun possessed by a single person, animal, or thingdeleselsomeone's criticizing.
26n.r.s.redup.a reduplicated resulting state noundelmedimechlarge amount of dots or spots.
27n.redup.noun reduplicatedtelbesbasechmultiple groups of persons of the same age.
28n.res.a residual noun; something formed residually after an actionulisallwater remaining after boiling ongraol.
29num.numberkltiu9 [nine] (animal; nonliving thing).
30pro.pronounnghe/she/it (nonemphatic).
31ques.question wordngerrachwhat is it?
32v.a.s.anticipating state verbsekesekoallis to be crawled or crept over.
33v.a.s.redup.a reduplicated anticipating state verbdengdengechel(someone's status) is to be pointed out/questioned.
34v.caus.causative verbomekdereborbmake (someone) sit like a man; make (bird) perch.
35v.caus.inch.an inchoative causative verboldiongis beginning to shout.
36v.caus.redup.a reduplicated causative verbomekekesiuroughly copy.
37v.erg.ergative verbmeaklget separated.
38v.erg.inch.an inchoactive ergative verbmeketeketangget very delayed; spend a very protracted period of time.
39v.erg.pasta past-tense form on an ergative verbmilecheedgot/became stuck.
40v.erg.recip.redup.a reciprocated, ergative verbkabdebidget caught or twisted on each other.
41v.erg.redup.reduplicated ergative verbombebibuideasy to glue.
42v.i.intransitive verbmeloseb(plant) grow quickly or sprout up or shoot up.
43v.i.inch.inchoative instransitive verbrosngangis beginning to drown.
44v.i.pred.predictive instransitive verbsobekungis about to fly.
45v.i.redup.intransitive verb reduplicatedombebubauswalk casually crossing one foot over the other.
46v.imp.imperative verbButek a medam.Close your eyes.
47v.imp.3piimperative verb suggesting a collective activity with both the speaker and listener(s)dekaingeseuLet's help each other!.
48v.inch.inchoative verbngobetangis beginning to submerge; (lamp) is beginning to go down.
49v.pasta past-tense of a verbmlotngeongdiscovered (something, someone) accidentally (typically by walking around).
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 personkodengiisit sideways (next to someone) (i.e. not facing each other nor back to back).
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 verbrobetungis about to fall.
56v.r.s.a resulting state verbdelangeslooked up at.
57v.r.s.redup.a reduplicated resulting state verbdelebedobechchopped into many pieces; cut all over.
58v.r.s.t.a resulting transitive state verbkluokucarrying; cradling.
59v.recip.a reciprocal verbkeelebcover each other (with blanket; etc.).
60v.recip.redup.a reciprocal, reduplicated, verbkautoketokquarrel or argue with each other; have a spat.
61v.redup.a reduplicated verbmererechorechkeep stealing.
62v.s.a state verbbaiking(person) unsanitary/unhygienic (in one's habits).
63v.s.inch.a state inchoative verbmedelanghas become too big or much.
64v.s.inch.redupa reduplicated inchoative state vertmediditangis just getting dry.
65v.s.pl.a state verb describing multiple people, animals, or objectsmekikiongelwith plural objects.
66v.s.pred.a predictive state verbietungis about to finish or be over.
67v.s.redup.a reduplicated state verbmesesulaulrather sleepy.
68v.s.redup.inch.a reduplicated inchoative state verbbekerkerdangis getting red.
69v.s.t.transitive state verbmeduchknow how (to); be skilled at; (wood, metal, etc.) strong or durable; half-ripe (i.e. ready to pick); (pregnant woman) at full-term.
70v.s.t.inch.inchoative transitive state verbmerrengangis getting ashamed of.
71v.s.t.redup.a reduplicated transitive state verbmererurrather ashamed/afraid of.
72v.t.a transitive verbmeliichremove meat from coconut (with knife); make copra.
73v.t.inch.an inchoative transitive verblotkangbegin to remember.
74v.t.pred.a predictive transitive verbomrechungis about to spear.
75v.t.redup.a transitive verb reduplicatedomesebusechpluck or pull at continually.
76var.a variant spelling and pronounciation of another worddenguesdenges
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