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, pro.that object far from speaker and far from listener.
sei a melutk er a cheroid er a mengedecheduch; ngar sei; diak el tiang; sei er a mong a skuul.
se elconj.when (in the future); whenever.
se el sekumconj.if (used in negative sentences).
selcont.se el
er se er aexpr.when (in the past).
er se er a Sebadongexpr.last Saturday.
er se er a taem er a mekemadexpr.during the war.
er seiexpr.over there; in that place.
mekera iseiexpr.[used to refer to a method of doing something that the speaker has forgotten.]
ngera iseiexpr.thingamajig; thingamabob; whatchamacallit. [used to refer to something whose name the speaker has forgotten.]
se di kauexpr.it's up to you.
se el soamexpr.whatever you want; it's up to you.
se el tebelexpr.that table (over there).
se er aexpr.conj. when (in the past).
tela iseiexpr.[used to refer to a number that the speaker has forgotten.]
tia iseiexpr.what's-his-name; what's-her-name. [Used to refer to someone whose name the speaker has forgotten.]
Examples:
> Whenever a spider has disappeared (from its web), I take it as a sign that there will be a big storm.
> I was eating that apple and those bananas.
> The bicycle was over there.
> He went up a hill by himself to pray. When evening came, Jesus was there alone.
> Put the cup on the table; John was putting the cup on the table (just now, recently); John put the cup on the table (yesterday, a week ago, etc.).
Proverbs:
> When my eyes are closed.
When one dies the eyes are "closed"; hence, to be dead. The term for "death" is mad as is the term for "eye," (mad; madak: "my eye"). Some sources suggest that the term for death refers to the closed eyes of a dead person.
More Examples:
> Yes, it's been raining since morning.
> I get sad when I think of my mom and dad that are gone.
> Im a bit awkward when dancing.
> Taste them when you finish.
> Go and bring my basket so we can go to the taro patch.
uchul, n.poss.3sbase (of tree); cause; reason; basis.
uchul a uchelel; uchul a kerrekar omuchel a klakoad; uchul a eanged, uchul a lius, uchul a secher a terrekakl.
uchukn.poss.1s
uchumn.poss.2s
uchemamn.poss.1pe
uchudn.poss.1pi
uchemiun.poss.2p
ucherirn.poss.3p
chad er a uchul a eangedexpr.foreigner.
me isei a uchul eexpr.therefore.
uchul a cheldecheduchexpr. reason for the meeting.
uchul a eangedexpr.horizon.
uchul a kerrekarexpr.base of tree; butt end of log.
Examples:
> You'll all be sorry for laughing.
> Why did you come here all by yourself?
> That's why the wind always gets strong.
> Then a famine struck all Egypt and Canaan, bringing great suffering.
> Why did you go to Saipan?
Proverbs:
> Like the crotch of an aristocratic woman.
Women of the wealthy elite in old Palau would be tattooed up the entire leg and about the thighs and hips. Reference is to the black color of such tattooing and the phrase may be applied to any dark occasion, but usually to dark clouds.
> When the purple swamp hen appears, it brings remembrance
There is a song (Oumachas) from which this saying derives: Once there was a young couple who made love in a secluded spot in the taro garden. While they were lying together a purple swamp hen darted out of the brush startling the couple. Eventually love cooled, but thereafter whenever the girl saw a purple swamp hen while she worked in the gardens, she recalled her lover. Hence any occurrence that brings back fond memories.
More Examples:
> Because of the love between us we care about each other's well being.
> From which direction is the wind coming from?
> Stop picking on your sores that's why they don't get healed!

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