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The Most Used Verbs
Most verbs are conjugated by means of the word Ta: (present tense)
This is in fact an abbreviation of the Spanish Present Participle: Estar

To Be = TA

I am - Mi ta
You are - Bo ta
He is She is It is - E ta
We are - Nos ta
You are - Boso ta
They are - Nan ta

The Past Tense
I was / I have been = Mi tawata

Short sentences:
I am glad = Mi ta contento
I am happy = Mi ta feliz
I go = Mi ta bay
to go = bay


To Have = Tin

I have - Mi tin
You have - Bo tin
He has She has It has - E tin
We have - Nos tin
You have - Boso tin
They have - Nan tin

The Past Tense
I had / I have had = Mi tawata tin

Short sentences:
I have money = Mi tin placa
money = placa


Can = Por

I can - Mi por
You can - Bo por
He can She can It can - E por
We can - Nos por
You can - Boso por
They can - Nan por

The Past Tense
I could / I could have = Mi tawata por

Short sentences:
I can dance = Mi por baila
to dance = baila

The Times
The Present Tense

Most verbs are conjugated by means of the word Ta: (in the present tense)
This is in fact an abbreviation of the Spanish Present Participle: Está

I go = Mi ta bay
I have a book = Mi tin un boeki


The Past Tense

In papiamento there is the "preterito defini" (English Preterite) and the "preterito imperfecto".
The preterito defini is expressed by a and the preterito imperfecto by tawata.
These two tenses are used in cases where in English you would use the preterite and the progressive form

I smoked a cigarette = Mi a huma un cigaria
I was smoking a cigarette = Mi tawata huma un cigaria
Yesterday I ate bread = Ayera mi a come pan
When you came in I was eating bread = Ora bo a yega mi tawata come pan


The Future Tense

The future tense is formed by means of the word Lo.
Lo is derived from the Portuguese word "logo"
(luego = later on)

I will or I shall = Lo mi / Mi lo
I will/shall go = Lo mi bay/Mi lo bay
I will/shall give = Lo mi duna/Mi lo duna
I will/shall come home = Lo mi bin cas/Mi lo bin cas


The Present Participle

The verbs ending in a form their present participle by replacing a by ando, e.g;

tuma - tumando, busca - buscando, huma - humando
The verbs ending in e or i take instead of the final e or i the ending iendo, e,g;
come - comiendo, skirbi - skirbiendo, bebe - bebiendo

Exceptions are:

sa - sabiendo
tin - teniendo
ta - siendo
drumi - durmiendo

When used with ta it has the same meaning

I am eating - Mi ta comiendo - Mi ta come
He is writing - E ta skirbiendo - E ta skirbi

More Verbs ...
Most verbs are conjugated by means of the word Ta:
(in the present tense)

I go = Mi ta bay
I come = Mi ta bin
I eat = Mi ta come
I speak = Mi ta papia

With the exception of:

to have = Tin - Mi tin....
can = Por - Mi por...


More verbs:

to answer = contesta
to bring = trece
to buy = cumpra to come = bin / bini to do = haci
to do some = haci algun to drink = bebe to eat = come
to enjoy = goza to enter = drenta
to give = duna
to go = bay
to go out = sali
to laugh = hari
to learn = siña
to like = gusta
to live = biba
to love = stima
to miss = falta
to reach/to arrive = jega
to receive = ricibi
to recommend = recomendá
to rent = huur
to see / look = mira / weita
to sell = bende
to serve = sirbi
to sit = sinta
to sleep = drumi
to smoke = huma
to speak = papia
to speak English = papia ingles
to win / make = gana
to work = traha
to write = skibi / skirbi


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