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Saturday, November 23, 2013

I know you can put pi before an adjective to make the -er in English, like pi bèl means prettier. Or pi can mean more, like pi enpòtan means more important. First question: Can you use pi with ANY adjective? I don't think I've ever heard it with many different adjectives like pi vye or pi nèf. Also I know you can use pi with verbs, like, "Sa ou pi renmen?" meaning "What do you like most?" Second question: Can you use it with ANY verb? Please give examples if possible. Thanks!


Pi, plis, pi plismore

Pi – the most

Usually we put “pi” before adjectives and adverbs

1.     Do you feel better or worse?

Eske w santi w pi byen ou pi mal?

 

2.     The right foot is more red than the left foot.  I think it’s infected.

Pye dwat la pi wouj pase pye goch la.  M panse li enfekte.

 

3.     Which is more economical, renting an apartment or buying a house?

Kilès ki pi ekonomik, lwe yon apatman onswa achte yon kay?

 

4.     The car drives more slowly now.

Machin nan mache pi dousman kounye a.

 

5.     Airplane tickets will be more expensive in the year 2015.

Tikè avyon ap koute pi chè nan ane 2015.

 

With some verbs you may use “pi”, but generally we’ll use “plis” or “pi plis” after the verb

6.     This baby sleeps more in the daytime.

Bebe sa a dòmi plis pandan lajounen.

 

7.     The seeds I gave you will yield more this year.

Grenn mwen ba ou yo ap bay plis rannman ane sa a.  (actually this puts “plis” before a noun)

 

8.     You sister smiles more when she’s happy.

Sè w la souri pi plis lè l kontan.

 

You cannot use “pi” before all the verbs, but you can usually use “plis” or “pi plis” after a verb. Here are more examples:

9.     Nou pi renmen manje ou fè maten an.

Or you can say.

Nou renmen manje ou fè maten an  plis (or pi plis).

We like the food you made this morning best.

 

10. Ou pi konn danse pase sè w la.

Or you cansay:

Ou konn danse plis pase sè w la.

You dance better than your sister.

 

And then we’ll put “plis” before a noun.

11.  We need more love in this world.

Nou bezwen plis lanmou nan monn sa a.

 

12. There are more people at the market this morning.

Genyen plis moun nan mache a maten an.

 

13. We need more money.  We always need more.

Nou bezwen plis lajan.  Nou toujou bezwen plis.

 

And then we have sentences with “plis … plis”

14. The more you know the more you grow.

Plis ou konnen se plis ou grandi.

 

15. There’s a sale at the store.  The more you buy the more you save.

Genyen yon lavant nan magazen an.  Plis ou achte se plis ou ekonomize.

 

16. The higher you go the harder you fall.

Plis ou monte wo plis ou pran gwo so.

 

 

 

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