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Old 04-04-2012, 06:48 PM
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I was wondering how to properly pluralize na'vi words.
Natkenong...how would you pluralize Fight. such as fighting, fighter.
or swim,swimming or even how would you say......
"Would you join me for a swim"?

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Old 04-04-2012, 07:07 PM
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Kaltx ma Dakar,

tbh I'm a bit confused, because you talked about plural - but everything you mentioned afterwards has nothing to do with plural



fighting and fighter aren't the plural of (a) fight. They are derived words (from the verb "to fight"), and so is the noun "fight", afaIk.



We talked about gerunds and two other {verb}ing-forms of verbs here 'Upe lu Mowan if you remember (especially the verb "to swim" has been mentioned there)
To quote Tirea Aean:
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English has only one way to say [VERB]ing. Na'vi is specific and has three.
1. the gerund (the act [VERB]ing)
2. the active participle (used as an attributive adjective) (The [VERB]ing [NOUN])
3. the imperfective present ([NOUN] IS [VERB]ing]
With the example of "to fight" - wem:
1. t-w<us>em (as in "fighting isn't fun")
2. w<us>em-a palulukan (the fighting Thanator)
3. oe w<er>em (I am fighting [right now])

fighter would be wemyu (wem-yu).
And (a) fight would be... swem... I guess Oo
(s- instead of t-, because s- is more "concrete", less "abstract" than t-... according to Karyu Pawl: Trr Asawnung Lefpom! Happy Leap Day! | Na)


A quick guide to plural: Lesson 5 - Nouns: Number.

So:
wemyu - (one) fighter
mewemyu - two fighters
pxewemyu - three fighters
aywemyu - (more than 3 / indefinite amount of / many) fighters

And if swem is correct (I'm nearly convinced of that it is) it ought to be:
swem - a fight
meswem - two fights
pxeswem - three fights
ayswem - (more than 3 / indefinite amount of / many) fights


If you're pluralizing nouns: don't forget about lenition.



Hope I could help.

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Old 04-05-2012, 05:08 AM
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late.

came to say what Eana Unil said.
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Aw dang I got double ninja'd! Very thorough ma Eana Unil

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Old 04-05-2012, 11:19 AM
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Haha, thanks
Great feeling somehow to "steal the show" of those great people, who usually help everybody with everything concerning Na'vi ;D
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