Causative Verbs in Rukiga

Causative Verbs

This page provides the basic details of causative verbs in Rukiga relevant for a beginner. Throughout the page, we use verbs that start in the “ku-” form, the basic Rukiga verb form.

Causative verbs convey the meaning of English words of causality, either having something do something or using something to do something.


The basic formula to make verbs in Rukiga causative is:

Verb Stem (VS) minus “-a” + “isa/esa”

Typically, verbs that whose last syllable contains nasal sounds like ‘n’, ‘m’, or ‘ng’ or those with sound “u” in the first syllable usually take “-isa”.

Also, verb stems that end in “-ra” change to “-za” as their ending.

Some examples:

Ku-shoma – shomesa

Ku-hinga – hingisa

Ku-rara – raza


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