Ukuhunyushwa kwe it e isiZulu

it

[SC+]

isabizwanaPlural they, Plural them

  • 1

    [SC+]
    [+OC+]
    ‘I dished up some porridge but it was too hot to eat’ Ngiliphakile iphalishi kodwa belishisa ukuthi lingadleka.
    ‘It goes slowly. (e.g. a train)’ Sihamba kancene. (isb. isitimela)
  • 2

    [PC+]
    ‘It's eight o'clock’ Ihora lesishiyagalombili.
    ‘It's 13 km to get home’ Amakhilomitha ayi-13 ukufika ekhaya.
  • 3

    ku-
    li-
    ‘It started to rain’ Liqale ukuna.

Usage

In isiZulu, the concept it is typically an object concord (OC), or even a subject concord (SC). See Tables 4 and 5 in the mini-grammar. The concept it can also be expressed with the absolute pronouns 'bona' (cl. 14), 'khona' (cl. 15 and 17), 'lona' (cl. 5 and 11), 'sona' (cl. 7), 'wona' (cl. 3 and 6), and 'yona' (cl. 9). See the isiZulu to English side of your dictionary for examples.