Translation of yena in English:


absolute pronoun

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    she (herself) / he (himself)
    her/him (in particular)
    ‘Kwahamba yena yedwa ukuya edolobheni’ She alone went to town
    ‘Nguye loya ehla ngomgwaqo sengathi uqonde eMatikwe’ It is this one in particular, coming down the road as if he is going to Matikwe


The meaning of this pronoun is not always directly visible in an English translation. When "yena" is preceded by formatives such as "ngu-", "si-", "na-" or "ku-", the final emphasizing syllable "-na" is usually deleted. See the second example.