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Wednesday, April 30, 2014

Oromo Plural

Ethiopian Argument | Wednesday, April 30, 2014
Welcome to the fourth Oromo lesson about the plural. This time we will learn about the singular form and what it looks like in the plural, followed by grammar rules, finally a list of emergency phrases.

book
book
kitaaba
books
books
kitaaboota
car
car
makiinaa
cars
cars
makiinoota
tree
tree
muka
trees
trees
mekeelee
flower
flower
daraaraa
flowers
flowers
daraaraa

Plural Grammar Rules
The plural is the form which refers to more than one object or person. For example: I speak two
languages the plural here is [languages] because it refers to more than one [language]. The examples below use plurals in different ways and places to demonstrate how they look when converted from their singular form.
Grammar + RulesOromo
I speak one language
[singular form]
afaan tokko ndubbadha 
we speak three languages
[plural noun]
afaanoota sadii dubbanna 
he visits many countries
[adverb + plural noun]
biyyoota baayyee daawwata 
they are happy now
[plural pronoun]
amma gammachuu qabu 
she has five red shoes
[adjective + plural noun]
qophee didiimaa shan qabdi 
I want a sandwich without onions
[preposition + plural noun]
saandwichii shunkurtaa hinqabne nfedha 
The following is a list of examples showing both the singular and plural form. This demonstrates how the plural is used with humans, objects and animals.
woman
woman
dubartii
women
women
dubartoota
man
man
dhiira
men
men
dhiira
house
house
mana
houses
houses
manneen
cup
country
kubbaayyaa
cups
countries
kubbaayyaa
cow
cow
sa'a
cows
cows
saayyaan
horse
horse
farda
horses
horses
faradoo

Emergency Phrases
Now it's time to practice your Oromo by looking at these phrases which are related to emergencies. Be prepared when traveling abroad, just in case you need help or by offering help to someone else. I recommend writing these expressions down on a notebook before traveling.

EnglishOromo
Helpgargaarsa / qarqaarsa
Call the ambulanceambulaansii waamaa
I need a doctorhakiimiitu na barbaachisa
Where is the closest pharmacy?manni qoricha asitti dhi'aatu kami?
Are you okay?ati fayyuma?
I am sickna dhukkuba / nandhibama
Call the policepoliisii waamaa

Source: learn101

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