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Igbo Language Dialectical Lexicon

Functions of Na

Preposition |  Prefix |  Conjunction |  Auxiliary Verb | 

Auxilliary Verb(Nnyemaka ngwaa)

Nnyemaka ngwaa Audio Auxiliary Verb
n' ịjụ ajụjụ
In asking a question
n' iga ije
In walking
n' ibe akwa
In crying
n' ime nkpọtụ
In making noise
n' ịgba ọsọ
In running
n' ịkpe ekpere
In praying

The word na (n') is a very vital part of speech in Igbo language. There are several distinct ways it is used in formulating sentence. These include: as a prefix, as a conjunction, as a preposition and as an auxiliary verb. In literature, when used as a prefix it is followed by a hyphen and when used as a preposition the letter 'a' is replaced by an apostrophe.

Some of the uses are universal whereas others are peculiar to distinct dialects.