Hausa

“to have”

In Hausa the English verb “to have” is represented by the preposition da. Basic sentences take on the following form:

Subject pronoun (-na form) + da + noun

For example:

Ina da bokiti = I have a bucket

Ousmane da bokiti = Ousmane has a bucket

Muna da bokiti = We have a bucket

Note that, since there is no verb that means “to have” in Hausa, the literal sense of these sentences are: I am with a bucket, Ousmane is with a bucket, We are with a bucket

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