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Interrogatives-Demonstratives

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Interrogatives

 

Here are some of Papiamentu's question-words with examples of their usage.

 

who? : ken

  Ken a bati e bel? Who rang the bell?

  Ken t’ei? Who is there?

 

whose? : di ken (noun-like) or ken su (adjective-like)

  Di ken e sapatonan ei ta? Whose shoes are those?

  Ken su sapatonan ta blou? Whose shoes are blue? 

 

which? which one of several? : kua

  Kua kas ta di bo? Which house is yours?

 

what? : kiko, ki

  Kiko a pasa? What happened?

 

why? : pakiko or di kon

  Pakiko bo ta bai? Why are you going?

 

how? : kon

  Kon mi ta usa e mashin? How do I use the machine?

  Kon señora yama? What is your name, ma'am?

 

when? : kuant’or, ki ora, ki dia

  Ki ora klas ta kuminsa? When does class begin?

  Ki dia mi outo ta kla? When (on what day) will my car be ready?

  Kuant’or’tin? What time is it?

 

where? : unda

  Unda e banko di mas serka ta? Where is the nearest bank?

  Unda señor ta biba? Where do you live, sir?

 

how much? : kuantu

  Kuantu plaka señor tin? How much money do you have, sir? 

  Kuantu e ta kosta? How much does it cost?

 

 

 

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