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Grammar

Word Order: Word order describes the order of words in a sentence. In English the word order is Subject + Verb + Object. An example is: “I (subject) drink (verb) milk (object)”. Word order in Igbo is irregular compared to English. But it is not  too difficult to learn with a logical mind. Let’s explore Subject + Verb + Object construction.

 

IGBO

ENGLISH

 

M na-eri nri

 

M na-eli nni

 

M(subject)

na-eri (verb);

nri /nni(object)

 

A na m eri nri

A na m eli nni

 

This is irregular

in structure:

(A na m )= subject;

eri=verb;

 

 

nri/nni =object)

A  na m (subject) 

 

eri (verb)

 

nri/nni (object)

 

 

I eat food

 

 

M na-aṅụ mmiri

 

M na-aṅụ mmili

 

M(subject) +

na-aṅụ (verb)

+ mmiri (object)

A na m aṅụ mmiri

A na m aṅụ mmili

 

A na m(subject)

+ aṅụ(verb)

+ mmiri (object)

 

A na m (subject)

 

aṅụ (verb)

 

mmiri  (object)

 

mmili (object)

 

 

I drink water

 

 

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