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"will" or "going to" in na'vi?
« on: July 12, 2015, 12:52:46 pm »
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I would like to write a sentence like "I'm going to eat food" or something in this way.
The thing is, I have no idea how to write the part "going to" (or "will") in na'vi.
How would you translate the setence?

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Re: "will" or "going to" in na'vi?
« Reply #1 on: July 12, 2015, 12:56:47 pm »
There are two kinds of future.

The first one is the simple future. In English, we use the modal verb ''will'' to mark it. In Na'vi, we use the infix <ay>.
Your sentence with the simple future: Oel yayom syevet / Oel syuvet yayom / Syuvet oel yayom / Syuvet yayom oel ...

The second one is the close future. In English, we use the locution ''going to'' to mark it. In Na'vi, we use the infix <ìy>.
Your sentence with the close future: Oel yìyom syuvet / Oel syuvet yìyom / Syuvet oel yìyom / Syuvet yìyom oel ...

Since you write ''going to'' in your English sentence, I would use the close future (-ìy-).

Edit: Kame Ayyo'koti's post is complementary to mine.
« Last Edit: July 12, 2015, 01:03:46 pm by Vawmataw »
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Re: "will" or "going to" in na'vi?
« Reply #2 on: July 12, 2015, 01:01:42 pm »
I eat would be oe yom in Na’vi.

Future tense uses the <ay> infix. So:
Oe yayom. I will eat.

But Na’vi gives you some flexibility here. You could also say it these ways:

If you want to emphasize that you WILL do it (instead of just explaining what's going to happen), you can use <asy>:
Oe yasyom. I will eat.

If you are going to eat soon (in a few moments/minutes/etc.), you can use <ìy>:
Oe yìyom. I am about to eat./I will eat soon.

Na’vi doesn't really have a way to say going to the way English does, AFAIK.

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Re: "will" or "going to" in na'vi?
« Reply #3 on: July 12, 2015, 01:08:46 pm »
Kaltxì ma Vawmataw si Kame Ayyo’koti
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no I understood your explanations really good!

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Re: "will" or "going to" in na'vi?
« Reply #4 on: July 12, 2015, 01:10:17 pm »
We forgot to mention <ìsy>. It's the same thing as <asy>, but we use the close future instead of the simple future.
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Re: "will" or "going to" in na'vi?
« Reply #5 on: July 13, 2015, 12:21:24 am »
I believe in this case that asy/ìsy is closer to the desired meaning.

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