Kukhona izihumusho eziyinhloko ezingu-4 zokuthi -the ku-isiZulu

: -the1-the2-the3-the4

-the1

said

isenzo

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    said
    ‘Uthe isoka lakhe lingaphinde limshayele ucingo’ She said her boyfriend must never phone her again
    ‘Ngithe kangisiye uHluphekile nginguCeliwe’ I said I am not Hluphekile, I am Celiwe

Kukhona izihumusho eziyinhloko ezingu-4 zokuthi -the ku-isiZulu

: -the1-the2-the3-the4

-the2

when

okokuhlanganisa

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    when
    while
    as
    then
    ‘Kuthe lapho ebizwa u-James waphendula wathi "Mwelase"’ When he was called by James, he answered and said "Mwelase"
    ‘Bathe besaxoxa abantu, kwaqhuma ivolovolo’ While the people were still talking, a revolver shot went off

Kukhona izihumusho eziyinhloko ezingu-4 zokuthi -the ku-isiZulu

: -the1-the2-the3-the4

-the3

auxiliary verb

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    ‘Naye uthule uthe du ulalele’ She too kept dead quiet and listened
    ‘Ubakhombisa inkomazi emhlophe ethe qwa esibayeni’ He shows them a bright white cow in the cattle kraal

Kukhona izihumusho eziyinhloko ezingu-4 zokuthi -the ku-isiZulu

: -the1-the2-the3-the4

-the4

do a little

auxiliary verb

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    do a little
    ‘Sithe ukuxaxa’ We shifted up a little
    ‘Ama-Brazilians athe ukulishintsha kancane iqembu lawo kunalelo elalidlale ne-Arrows’ The Brazilians changed their team a little from the one that played against Arrows

Origin

< -thi

Usage

With the meaning "do a little", the immediate past tense verb stem "-the" is always followed by a verb in the infinitive mood ("-the uku-").