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 itmu-you.
2aux.auxiliarymowill; shall; become; get.
3aux.past.auxiliary past tensemlobecame; got.
4babya baby wordenchisit down.
5conj.a conjuctionaltaeif (perhaps/maybe).
6cont.a contractiontirkaltirka el
7expressionan expressionikakidhere they (things) are.
8interj.interjectionngemededPoor us! [can be used in a playful way or to portend impending doom such an an incoming typhoon]
9mod.modifierulekumif (only).
10n.nounberelbiscuit.
11n.a.s.anticipating state nounrsimelsomething to be sewn.
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 nounomengiltact of anointing; Sacrament.
15n.instr.instrument nounolingetanything used as plug or stopper.
16n.pl.plural nounrechimeriilinhabitants of Meriil.
17n.poss.1pea noun possessed by the speaker and perhaps others, but not the listenerbngamour (exclusive) trap (usually for fish).
18n.poss.1pia noun possessed by the speaker and the listener and perhaps otherscherengedportion; amount or quantity (of food) equal to those being served.
19n.poss.1sa noun possessed by the speakerbukmy smell; my odor; my scent.
20n.poss.2pa noun possessed by multiple listenerscheremiuyour (plural) prices or costs.
21n.poss.2sa noun possessed by a single listenerbngamyour (singular) flower, green coconut sheath, etc.
22n.poss.3pa noun possessed by multiple peoplerekebelurir(their) settlements of people.
23n.poss.3snoun possesed by a single personiueklelthe action of circling (something); revolution (of the sun, moon, etc.).
24n.r.s.resulting state nounblengutelhair bun; coiffure.
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 reduplicatedsesuudone shredded piece of pepper leaf (=kebui).
28n.res.a residual noun; something formed residually after an actionullemikelleaves stripped off coconut rib.
29num.numbereai8 [eight] (unit of time).
30pro.pronounengerangwhy.
31ques.question wordngerrachwhat is it?
32v.a.s.anticipating state verbbengallis to be interrupted.
33v.a.s.redup.a reduplicated anticipating state verbchetituokelcomplicated; tedious.
34v.caus.causative verbomekchedwait for low or outgoing tide.
35v.caus.inch.an inchoative causative verboldiongis beginning to shout.
36v.caus.redup.a reduplicated causative verbomekikiitforce (oneself) to miss; miss deliberately.
37v.erg.ergative verbobingel(boat) run aground or get stuck (on reef, etc.).
38v.erg.inch.an inchoactive ergative verbmecheseigetting blackened with soot or ink, burned or discolored.
39v.erg.pasta past-tense form on an ergative verbmilecheedgot/became stuck.
40v.erg.recip.redup.a reciprocated, ergative verbkabebeuget broken all at once.
41v.erg.redup.reduplicated ergative verbmoitiitel(liquid) keep splashing out; easy to pour (because not too thick).
42v.i.intransitive verboltitengangedplay game of sliding down slope on leaves of chebouch tree.
43v.i.inch.inchoative instransitive verblukongbecome silent.
44v.i.pred.predictive instransitive verbluuetungis about to return or do again.
45v.i.redup.intransitive verb reduplicatedmeliluichglow; reflect light at night.
46v.imp.imperative verbBo mchensi!Sit down!.
47v.imp.3piimperative verb suggesting a collective activity with both the speaker and listener(s)deLet's (do something)!.
48v.inch.inchoative verbkoieihas (miraculously) survived.
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 personmedesiistaying up until morning; (almost) exclusively followed by 'a llomes.'.
53v.pf.3s.pasta perfective verb which happened in the past to a single person, animal, or thingmilelkiigot coconuts from (tree).
54v.pf.inch.a perfective inchoative verbkoliangbeginning to eat up.
55v.pred.a predictive verbomekellungis about to drive.
56v.r.s.a resulting state verbkerroker(food) removed from pot completely.
57v.r.s.redup.a reduplicated resulting state verbrreterotpounded or smashed in several places.
58v.r.s.t.a resulting transitive state verbkluokucarrying; cradling.
59v.recip.a reciprocal verbkadereborb(men) sit around with each other.
60v.recip.redup.a reciprocal, reduplicated, verbkabesbuspull (things) from each other.
61v.redup.a reduplicated verbmengeskurskeep pulling or dragging; pull little by little.
62v.s.a state verbsemersollinquisitive; nosey.
63v.s.inch.a state inchoative verbkesekedelangbecoming too small, confined, etc.
64v.s.inch.redupa reduplicated inchoative state vertmediditangis just getting dry.
65v.s.pl.a state verb describing multiple people, animals, or objectsmechetngaid(person, long object) thin/slender; skinny (required with plural subject).
66v.s.pred.a predictive state verbietungis about to finish or be over.
67v.s.redup.a reduplicated state verbdekmekimes(clothes) wet in places.
68v.s.redup.inch.a reduplicated inchoative state verbbechelelengangbecoming white.
69v.s.t.transitive state verbchemaufacing towards.
70v.s.t.inch.inchoative transitive state verbmedechangis getting to know how (to); is becoming skilled.
71v.s.t.redup.a reduplicated transitive state verbmetetiturrather unfamiliar with.
72v.t.a transitive verbmengeklachelclean (bottle or similar container) by putting water in it and shaking; shake something to hear what is inside.
73v.t.inch.an inchoative transitive verbosiekangbeginning to look for.
74v.t.pred.a predictive transitive verbomrechungis about to spear.
75v.t.redup.a transitive verb reduplicatedmengaisisiuequal the height of; become as tall as; compare to; pretend as if.
76var.a variant spelling and pronounciation of another wordkerengobkerengab
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