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 it-miuyour (plural).
2aux.auxiliarymlahas (done something).
3aux.past.auxiliary past tensemlobecame; got.
4babya baby wordobbaibreast-feed.
5conj.a conjuctionobo ebut.
6cont.a contractionmlarmla er
7expressionan expressionikakidhere they (things) are.
8interj.interjectionhngobexclamation uttered to draw attention to unpleasant smell.
9mod.modifierkmalvery; often.
10n.nounambaiumpire.
11n.a.s.anticipating state nounosongelexamination (esp., during pregnancy).
12n.a.s.poss.3san anticipating state noun possessed by a single person, animal, or thingruklelshare; portion.
13n.a.s.redup.a reduplicated anticipating state nounkerrekeriiltrial; judgement.
14n.act.action nounomerredelgoverning or leading (of).
15n.instr.instrument nounorderdpedal (of bicycle, car, etc.).
16n.pl.plural nounrechimelekeokinhabitants of Melekeok.
17n.poss.1pea noun possessed by the speaker and perhaps others, but not the listenercheremamour (exclusive) laughs.
18n.poss.1pia noun possessed by the speaker and the listener and perhaps othersblidour (inclusive) house, household, etc.
19n.poss.1sa noun possessed by the speakerbukmy smell; my odor; my scent.
20n.poss.2pa noun possessed by multiple listenerscherengiuportion; amount or quantity (of food) equal to those being served.
21n.poss.2sa noun possessed by a single listenercheritemyour (singular) grass skirt.
22n.poss.3pa noun possessed by multiple peoplecherengirportion; amount or quantity (of food) equal to those being served.
23n.poss.3snoun possesed by a single personchelisngellelfrown.
24n.r.s.resulting state noundelechorserection.
25n.r.s.poss.3sa resulting state noun possessed by a single person, animal, or thingdelengulelridiculing.
26n.r.s.redup.a reduplicated resulting state noundelmedimechlarge amount of dots or spots.
27n.redup.noun reduplicatedtengetangstarfish; mark in shape of X.
28n.res.a residual noun; something formed residually after an actionullemikelleaves stripped off coconut rib.
29num.numberterungtwo (of animal objects).
30pro.pronounkeltangwhere (esp., when long distance is involved).
31ques.question wordngerrachwhat is it?
32v.a.s.anticipating state verbchesechesallis to be locked or latched.
33v.a.s.redup.a reduplicated anticipating state verbsemsemikel(coconut) covered with fibers.
34v.caus.causative verbolengasesoitempt; tease.
35v.caus.inch.an inchoative causative verboldiongis beginning to shout.
36v.caus.redup.a reduplicated causative verboldekdakput (different items) all together.
37v.erg.ergative verbmechuidconfused; lost (in forest; etc.).
38v.erg.inch.an inchoactive ergative verbmekelangbeginning to get eaten.
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 verbmotetelechaklalways getting accused.
42v.i.intransitive verbmengelechalbadvise confidentially.
43v.i.inch.inchoative instransitive verbomesilangis starting to eat supper or dinner.
44v.i.pred.predictive instransitive verbchiesungabout to escape.
45v.i.redup.intransitive verb reduplicatedmeseserechaklmake continuous rustling sound.
46v.imp.imperative verbMolangch!Guess!.
47v.imp.3piimperative verb suggesting a collective activity with both the speaker and listener(s)doraellet's go.
48v.inch.inchoative verbdulangbegin to say.
49v.pasta past-tense of a verbmlongwent.
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 persondmungsay; tell. In some constructions, the initial d sound may be dropped.
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 verbcholbediangbeginning to hit.
55v.pred.a predictive verbmochungis about to go.
56v.r.s.a resulting state verbtelebakelpatched; (fine) paid.
57v.r.s.redup.a reduplicated resulting state verbdelebedobechchopped into many pieces; cut all over.
58v.r.s.t.a resulting transitive state verbkluokucarrying; cradling.
59v.recip.a reciprocal verbkengiltchoose together.
60v.recip.redup.a reciprocal, reduplicated, verbkabebitokl(people) sleeping with heads in opposite directions; (logs etc.) arranged with thick ends in opposite directions; (words, statements) contradictory.
61v.redup.a reduplicated verbmengitituukkeep repairing diligently; keep arranging or fixing (matters) carefully; keep trying to open, adjust, etc.; keep fiddling with.
62v.s.a state verbsekediuprone to shouting or yelling out in pain.
63v.s.inch.a state inchoative verbmesulangis getting tired.
64v.s.inch.redupa reduplicated inchoative state vertmediditangis just getting dry.
65v.s.pl.a state verb describing multiple people, animals, or objectsmekloubig; large; great; old (required with plural subject).
66v.s.pred.a predictive state verbietungis about to finish or be over.
67v.s.redup.a reduplicated state verbcheririichlight reddish brown.
68v.s.redup.inch.a reduplicated inchoative state verbmekekedeangbecoming itchy or horny.
69v.s.t.transitive state verbchemaufacing towards.
70v.s.t.inch.inchoative transitive state verbmerrengangis getting ashamed of.
71v.s.t.redup.a reduplicated transitive state verbmededengeibe somewhat familiar with.
72v.t.a transitive verbmengeluchcajole; seduce; bribe; persuade; convince.
73v.t.inch.an inchoative transitive verbmengesmerangis starting to close.
74v.t.pred.a predictive transitive verbmochu merekis about to finish.
75v.t.redup.a transitive verb reduplicatedombibriidkeep scattering.
76var.a variant spelling and pronounciation of another wordosiuekliiosiuklii
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