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Thursday, March 22, 2012

Where do I place the definite article!?

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Bonjou tout moun!
Kouman nou ye?


"Where do we place the definite articles in a sentence in Haitian Creole?"


Singular definite articles are: a, an, la, lan, nan
Plural definite articles: yo


Example:
Chemiz lathe shirt
ze athe egg
kapitenn nanthe captain
nimewo yothe numbers


"Where do we place the definite article in, say, a relative clause or a sentence subject?" 


Example:
The book that I want  is blue
Liv la mwen vle ble (not correct)
Liv mwen vle a  ble (correct)




1.  Flè a
     The flower.


2. Flè jòn nan
    The yellow flower


4. Flè jòn ou te ban mwen an trè bèl.  
    Flè jòn ou te ban mwen an            |  trè bèl.
    The yellow flower that you gave me  | is very beautiful.




5.  kay la
    The house.


6. Kay anbwa a 
    Kay anbwa a  
    The wooden house    


7. Kay anbwa ki te fèk bati a te boule
    Kay anbwa ki te fèk bati a                 | te boule
    The wooden house that was just built  | got burned




8. dans lan
    The  dance


9. Premye dans lan pa't bon.
    Premye dans lan  | pa 't bon.
    The first dance       | wasn't good.


10. Premye dans gwoup la te pèfòme a pa't bon.
      Premye dans gwoup la te pèfòme a             | pa't bon.
      The first dance that the group had performed  | wasn't good


11.  Ti gason ki t'ap kriye a gen setan.
       Ti gason ki t'ap kriye a    | gen setan
       The boy who was crying    | is seven years old.


12. Mwen te renmen kado ou te ban m nan.
      Mwen te renmen | kado ou te ban m nan. (contracted)
      Mwen te renmen | kado ou te ban mwen an.(uncontracted)
      I loved                   | the gift that you gave me.


13. Rad ou te achte a bèl.
      Rad ou te achte a              | bèl
      The dress that you bought  | is pretty.


14. Mwen pral pale ak moun ki te la yo.
      Mwen pral pale ak  | moun ki te la yo.
      I will speak with      | the people who were there.

15. Kenbe sa ki nan men w lan
      Kenbe   |  sa ki nan men w lan.
      Hold      | that / the one which is in your hands
      Hold on to what you've got.


Enben se tout.  Mèsi e orevwa
Well that's all.  Thanks and goodbye

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