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Wednesday, January 30, 2013

How is "enough" used in all contexts?

All context?!
Mezanmi o!  Mwen sipoze gen anpil fason ou kapab itilize "ase" nan lang Kreyòl la.  Men kèk ladan yo.  Ou kapab ajoute pa'w tou.  Mwen ta renmen sa :)  Mèsi.

Ase (sispann) imperativeto stop; also used in those exclamations No more!, Enough!
1. Ase non!
    Stop!

2. Mwen di ase!
    I say enough already!

3. Ase plenyen ban mwen.
    Stop complaining to me.

4.  Ase pale non.
     Stop talking.

Ase (adv.) → only, just
5. twa moun ase
    Just three people

6. senk dola ase
     just five dollars.

7. Se sa ase.
     That's all.

8. Se sa ase mwen genyen.
    That's all I have.

9. Eske se de malèt ase ou pote?
    Did you only bring two suitcases?
    Did you bring JUST TWO suitcases?

10.  Mwen gen kòb pou m peye pou TWA MOUN ASE.
     I have money to pay for JUST THREE PEOPLE.

Ase (adj) → enough, sufficient, adequate
11.  Lajan ou ban mwen pa ase.
     The money you gave me is not enough.

12. Li pa ase pou w di ou renmen yon moun.  Fò w montre yo ou renmen yo tou.
     It is not enough to say you love someone.  You must show them you love them too.
   
Ase (adv.) → quite, rather
13.  Mwen menm ak madanm mwen, nou viv ase byen.
       Me and my wife, we live quite well.


Cool! I didn't realize 'ase' could be used in some of these contexts. Can 'kont' be equivalent to 'ase' meaning enough, sufficient, adequate? As an imperative, besides 'ase' and 'sispann', I'm pretty sure that 'rete' belongs in this category, am I right?



  1. Yes, some synonyms to ASE - sufficient are kont, sifizan, satisfezan, dekwa, pasab, akseptab, rezonab, desan, elatriye

    As far as KONT is concerned, it important to let people know the various circumstances where you can use the Haitian Creole word KONT. See this link: USES OF THE WORD KONT IN CREOLE
And, you're right about RETE.  Check out this link on an AUDIO POSTS ABOUT THE MANY USES OF THE HAITIAN CREOLE WORD RETE.

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  1. Cool! I didn't realize 'ase' could be used in some of these contexts. Can 'kont' be equivalent to 'ase' meaning enough, sufficient, adequate? As an imperative, besides 'ase' and 'sispann', I'm pretty sure that 'rete' belongs in this category, am I right?

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    1. Yes, some synonyms to ASE - sufficient are kont, sifizan, satisfezan, dekwa, pasab, akseptab, rezonab, desan, elatriye

      As far as KONT is concerned, it important to let people know the various circumstances where you can use the Haitian Creole word KONT. See this link: USES OF THE WORD KONT IN CREOLE

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  2. In sentance 5, could 'tout' be used instead of 'ase'. "Sa se tout mwen genyen."

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