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congo rdc
Sentence :

nkombo
nkómbó, pl. bankombo (class 9/2 : - / ba-)sonorous consonant
kómbó, pl. bakombo (class 9/2 : - / ba-)
nkómbó, pl. bankombo (class 9/10 (2) : - / - (ba-) : plural invariable from context (or informal/modern ba-))sonorous consonant
name, designation


context : grammar
substantive
noun
common name,
kombo na elonga
kombo na elonga
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tags :
item 18 examples (bandakisa zómi na mwámbe) ...
pesa ngai bakombo na bango
give me their names
Kombo na yo nani ? - Kombo na ngai Niclette.
What's your name? My name is Niclette.
ye alingaki kobala mwasi moko na kombo ya Racele.
He, he wanted to marry a certain Rachel.
mama na bino, kombo na ye nani ?
Your mama, what's her name ?
kombo ya mboka to kombo ya ndaku ?
The name (family, tribe, village) or the forename (how they call you at home) ?
koma kombo na yo
write your name
Tata na Ida, kombo na ye Théo.
Ida's father, his name is Theo.
kombo na yesu eleki kisi
The name of Jesus is better than medicine
kombo ya mokristo
The forename (christian name, modern forename as opposed to tribal forename).
oza na nkombo moko kitoko makasi
You have a very beautiful name.
nkombo na yo ya mboka ezali nini ?
What is your family name ?
okobika na kombo ya yesu !
You will be healed in the name of Jesus !
Lopango oyo ezali na kombo na ngai
This plot is on my name.
akomi kombo ya mwana na ye na buku ya lopango.
He wrote the name of his child in the plot book (property deed).
mobali na yo ya sika, kombo na ye nani ?
Your new husband, what's his name ?
Ayebi ata kokoma kombo na ye te.
She can't even write her name.
makango ya mama kombo na ye papa
mama's lover, his name is papa
naponi kombo moko ya kitoko
I've chosen "one of these" beautiful names.
other words with the tag 'grammar' : boíké, ekangele, ekango, etsiselaka, kelási, likonzámí, molelisi, mobimbi, tango, nkómbó, boyíké, libakemi, moleli, ndaká, elíngami, likelelo, ebakiseli, nkóndó, ekáti, zambí, likitana
kómbò, pl. bakombo (class 1a/2 : - / ba-)
likómbo, pl. makombo (class 5/6 : li- / ma- (parts of body, fauna, flora,...))
nkómbo, pl. bankombo (class 9/10 (2) : - / - (ba-) : plural invariable from context (or informal/modern ba-))sonorous consonant
broom
likombo
likombo
src : google images
kokomba
kokomba
src : google images
kombo
kombo
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derived from : kokomba
item 1 example (ndakisa mókó) ...
Lofundu ya nzinzi, esukaka se na kombo
the pride of the fly ends just with the broom
item Article : consonants
In Lingala, sometimes you hear "nsoso" and sometimes you hear "soso". You might get the impression that
it would be free to choose wether to use the first letter m or n when the word starts with two consonants,
but in reality there is a precise rule for it :

In lingala, the first letter m or n may be ommitted for words that start with mp, nt, ns or nk.
(The voiced consonants - FR: Les consonnes sonores)

NK
nkama / kamacent
nkingo / kingocou
nkisi / kisimédicament
nkulutu / kulutuaîné
nkoba / kobatortue
MP
mpinzoli / pinzolilarme
mpo / popour
mpamba / pambanul
mpuku / pukusouris
mpongi / pongisommeil
NS
nse / sedessous
nsoso / sosopoulet
nsambo / sambosept
nsango / sangoinformation
nsinga / singafil
NT
ntina / tinaimportance
ntolo / tolotorse
ntalo / talovaleur
ntango / tangotemps
ntaba / tabachèvre

In all other cases, the first letter is mandatory.
(The unvoiced consonants - FR: Les consonnes sourdes)

NG
nguyapouvoir
ngaimoi
ngandabar
ngubaarachide
ngulucochon
MB
mbokavillage
mbelicouteau
mbetulit
mbilapalmier
mbisipoisson
ND
ndakomaison
ndekocousin
ndakisaexemple
ndumbaprostituée
ndundalégume
NZ
nzotocorps
nzetearbre, baton
nzelachemin
nzungumarmite
nzalafaim
NY
nyeiexcrément
nyosorien
nyokaserpent
nyamaanimal
nyongodette


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