Test Sentences, 99

Continuing with Gary’s list:

  1. They won the first two games, but lost the last one.

Right. A few days ago, in episode #94, I used the construction aÅ‹i gyÉ›dÉ› for “play a game”. Here we are going to use a related construction gyÉ›dÉ› A aÅ‹i syosso “A plays a game to victory”. These two clauses are connected with ladi, and the second clause uses a frustrative construction.

130. gyɛdi ɛni hanni mavna onnɨt syosso ladi gyɛdɛ hodno mavna aŋŋi syosso badi dɛstɛ.

gyɛdi
game.SSpl
ɛni
two.SSpl
hanni
first.SSpl
mavna
3p.MTpl
onnɨt
aŋi.PRF
syosso
victory.SSsg
ladi
and then
gyɛdɛ
game.SSsg
hodno
last.SSsg
mavna
3p.MTpl
aŋŋi
aŋi.FRS
syosso
victory.SSsg
badi
but
dɛstɛ
I’m told

Questions?