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Kyttin13:
Which is *more* correct??

Oel kafit sunu.
Or
Sunu oel kafit.

Pamìrìk:
if sunu was a transitive verb, both would be equally correct. but, it is not! sunu is an intransitive verb that can be thought of as meaning "is liked". the subject "is liked" to the indirect object.

sunu oer(u) coffee

I've seen coffee transliterated as both kofi and kafi, afaik there isn't a canon correct form.

Mech:
...and to break it down a bit, as a beginner to another beginner...

sunu means something like "to please". If you know french it is closer to "plaisir". The two words (Engish and French) are cognates but in French it's used to say "I like, I love" so it is closer to the french sense.

So sunu coffee means = the coffee is pleasant (French: cafe plait)

And to show who loves coffee, that is, to whom coffee is pleasant you need to use the dative "to" form.

sunu coffee oer = the coffee is pleasant to me aka i love coffee (Fr. cafe me plait)
sunu coffee Kyttinur = the coffee is pleasant to Kyttin aka Kyttin loves coffee

Kyttin13:

--- Quote from: Mech on October 18, 2019, 11:08:20 am ---...and to break it down a bit, as a beginner to another beginner...

sunu means something like "to please". If you know french it is closer to "plaisir". The two words (Engish and French) are cognates but in French it's used to say "I like, I love" so it is closer to the french sense.

So sunu coffee means = the coffee is pleasant (French: cafe plait)

And to show who loves coffee, that is, to whom coffee is pleasant you need to use the dative "to" form.

sunu coffee oer = the coffee is pleasant to me aka i love coffee (Fr. cafe me plait)
sunu coffee Kyttinur = the coffee is pleasant to Kyttin aka Kyttin loves coffee

--- End quote ---

I got kafi from dict-navi, not contradictory, just sharing info.


--- Quote from: Mech
link=topic=28492.msg666795#msg666795 date=1571414900 ---...and to break it down a bit, as a beginner to another beginner...

sunu means something like "to please". If you know french it is closer to "plaisir". The two words (Engish and French) are cognates but in French it's used to say "I like, I love" so it is closer to the french sense.

So sunu coffee means = the coffee is pleasant (French: cafe plait)

And to show who loves coffee, that is, to whom coffee is pleasant you need to use the dative "to" form.

sunu coffee oer = the coffee is pleasant to me aka i love coffee (Fr. cafe me plait)
sunu coffee Kyttinur = the coffee is pleasant to Kyttin aka Kyttin loves coffee

--- End quote ---

Irayo ma Mech (probably got that wrong! Lol! :-\ ;D) for the clarification!

Kyttin13:
Do "-il, -l" and "-it, -t, or -ti" come into play at all here?
Kafil?

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