ngera
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, pro.what; which; what kind of; anything (but or except).
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ng diak a ngerangpro.nothing.
ua ngarangpro.how.
ngera meexpr.why? for what reason?
ngera ngar ngiiexpr.what's up? what's happening?
ngera uchul meexpr.why? for what reason?
Examples:
> How's the wound on your arm healing?
> Why are you walking so slowly?
> I put my things somewhere or into something or other, but I can't remember where.
> What are you smiling at?
> What's the measurement of your trousers?
Proverbs:
> From the mature tree the sapling dribbles.
Eseos is a mature tree, dalm is a sapling; olengimch means to drip, drizzle, or dribble. Application is to the similarity of the child to its parents, generally its father.
More Examples:
> What did Mary have for breakfast
> What did Mary drink for lunch yesterday?
> What is in your hand? It is a cigarette, not gun.
> What was it that I wanted to ask?
> What is the job of a janitor or custodian.
Ngerang, n.hamlet in Melekeok.
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Examples:
> What are you drinking?
> It's as if I live somewhere so far away that I don't know what's going on.
> What is this?
> They both don't know anything and yet they're trying to explain.
> What is that (thing near you)?
More Examples:
> What is good to see at the movie theaters?
> What do you say?
> Wonder what they are thinking.
> So what if it's old; I can still wear it.
> What is in your hand? It is a cigarette, not gun.

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