mla, v.s.was/were (located); existed.
mla a melekoi er a rrekui el tekoi; mla mong; mla er ker; mla er a skuul.
blav.s.hypothetical
mlaaux.has (done something).
mlarcont.mla er
mlaracont.mla er a
a lebla er ngiiexpr.if there had been.
mla moexpr.has become.
ng mla er ngiiexpr.there has or have been; there was or were.
Examples:
> He got promoted./His rank was raised.
> Toki is now free to roam around./Toki's on the loose.
> How's the wound on your arm healing?
> The fire has started up.
> The Benjaminites had already killed the thirty Israelites.
Proverbs:
> It's like when the men of Ngesias clamored over what they had lost (after a party of raiders had attacked without warning and taken a head as a trophy).
The men of the Ngesias (Peleliu) village club were sitting near their clubhouse one evening when raiders broke through the brush, shouted wildly, and excaped with the head of one of them. When they recovered their senses, the men jumped to their spears and shouted threats into the darkness of the surrounding brush. Aroused by the commotion, the village chief appeared and ,when appraised of the situation, admonished them to be quiet since the fuss would gain nothing. "Don't cry over spilt milk."
> He cut down his own banana.
A man supplies fertilizer (money) for a banana tree that, eventually, provides fruit (gifts of food). The cycle, in this saying, is compared with that of the food-money cycle of a marriage in which the wife's clan provides food and service, while the husband's clan provides occasional payments of money. If a banana tree is cut down before it bears fruit, the cycle is interrupted. Hence, a man who marries incestuously within his own clan and thereby inhibits the foodmoney cycle.
> He swallowed his words.
An inconsistent person, especially one who has stated that he would never do something, then does it.
> Like Ngiramesemong, rehashing what has been finished.
Pertains to a person who repeatedly reminds another of past favors or continually recalls the mistakes of others. (My sources no longer recalled the episode or story from which this idiom derives.)
> Sea crabs have pushed out land crabs.
Outsiders have taken over the land or titles of local people. An outsider (e.g., adopted child, friend) has become more important than a blood relative.
More Examples:
> The baby had a serious recognition comparison by the ladies of the house.
> My sister got married.
> Did you descale the fish on the outdoor prepairing area?
> Were you at the house yesterday?
> Lukes was sulking because they chewed all of her betelnut.

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