1say‘Wabuye waqhubeka wathi: "Nawe-ke unguthisha?"’ — She continued again by saying: "Are you also a teacher?"‘Bathi bathanda ukucula’ — They said they like to sing‘Le ntombazane ithi ifuna ukukhuluma nesoka layo ubuso nobuso’ — This girl says that she wants to talk to her boyfriend face to face
2thinkimagine‘Bengithi unguyena uGumede umyeni kaBonisile’ — I thought that it was you, Gumede, who is the husband of Bonisile
1whenwhileasthen…‘Wathi lapho esephandle uNozwengaye wamemeza uMaMthethwa’ — When Nozwengaye was already outside, he called out to MaMthethwa‘Uthe nje lapho esathi uyasivula isikhwama leso, sasihlwithwa’ — While she was busy opening her purse, it was snatched
Compared to all other conjunctions, the stem "-thi" when used as a conjunction is unique, as it can occur with most of the verbal prefixes found in other verbs (such as subject concords, future tense morphemes, the aspectual morpheme "-sa-") as well as with the auxiliary verb stems "-be" and "-se". All other conjunctions are complete words and do not take any prefixes.
1‘Wathi nhla ewashini lakhe wathola ukuthi sekuyimizuzu engamashumi amathathu kubuyelwe emsebenzini’ — When he glanced at his watch, he found that it was now thirty minutes before he had to return to work‘Kukhanya kuthi bha’ — It is absolutely clear
The verb stem "-thi" is widely used before ideophones, where it does not have any apparent meaning.
1do a little‘Wathi ukuphaphama wathola ukuthi indoda yakhe imatasatasa’ — She started waking up and found her husband busy‘Athi ukuthula, abuye aqhube’ — Then he remained silent for a while, and continued again
With the meaning "do a little", the verb stem "-thi" is always followed by a verb in the infinitive mood ("-thi uku-").