A Grammar of Vabungula
|Part 2.4 - Parts of Speech - Prepositions|
Prepositions are basically straightforward in meaning. Two prepositions deserving special mention are la and su.
La means both "to", "towards", and "at". Therefore, la tê solam can mean both "to(wards) that place", or "at that place". The difference is determined by context.
Su means both "of" (genetive) and "from" (direction, origin).
frankal su ke its importance De su laga êndwado. He is from a far country. Masa aga su pla! Go away from here!
The most common prepositions are:
su of, from onudž by means of la at, to(wards) fla in va on ci between lal next to, beside pro for le with fre through olka around ne compared with, in relation to; than da about, concerning vo in front of ta behind dotnêl above, over natnêl below, under
Prepositions are sometimes used together:
Džula ke la va džulakamo. Put it on the table (onto the table). Samela mala mafu la fla zûmba. The mouse ran into the hole.
Unusual for English speakers is the preposition ne, which is used in the following contexts:
De dosa ne ka. He is better than you. Sukalam su so galamê upoja ne madžuselam. My house is north of the library.
Note also the following usage:
So fwil dal nekarle karala su ke ne šaze. I can't tell the difference between them.
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