lak, mod.if one doesn't; (if) there weren't; don't.
lak a diak, a lak kau e a kmekerang; lak beskak a udoud e ng diak kurael.
Examples:
> Don't worry; there's really no way you're going to die.
> Parents, do not treat your children in such a way as to make them angry.
> The weather's getting worse, so let's not go.
> I'm afraid I won't have any money to go to America.
> They would weigh more than the sands of the sea, so my wild words should not surprise you.
Proverbs:
> Like Beachedarsai's food, only a little but it does not disappear.
Beachedarsai and a friend, one day, went to heaven. On arrival they were very hungry, so they visited one of the gods who provided food for them. The "food" was one tiny piece of taro and a bit of fish. Beachedarsai thought to himself that this would hardly suffice, but he picked up the taro and ate it. As he did so another piece appeared on the plate. He ate the piece of fish and another piece of fish appeared. His friend also ate and on his plate as well a new piece of taro or fish appeared as each was consumed. When they were satisfied, there remained on their plates a piece of taro and fish. The idiom is applied to any small blessing, such as a small but steady income, or Western meals that, in contrast with the Palauan tray full of food, are served in small portions, and so on.
> Don't stick your fork in!'l
Stay out of my affairs.
> Like the Bilimbi tree which, if not shaken, will not bear fruit.
Applied to a person who does not fulfill their obligations without constant prodding or nagging.
> Don't be like the man from Ngerchemai who lost both the turtle and the canoe.
Don't bite off more than you can chew...don't be selfish.
More Examples:
> Don't get, take, or bring.
> Don't go.
> Be honest and say you don't want to go instead of going and then regretting it.
> Don't look.
> Listen to your father because if you don't, he'll yell at you.

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