Learn Yoruba for Beginners – Lesson 5 : Pronouns in Yoruba—Possessive pronoun

Introduction

In this post, we will be briefly addressing possessive pronouns. Possessive pronouns like mine, yours, his, hers are useful to avoid repetition in your text. It replaces a noun that has a possessive pronoun (determiner). Let’s go.

By the way, one thing I noticed after reading the book that is referenced below was that in Yoruba the possessive pronouns and possessive adjectives (determiner e.g., my, her, you etc.) differ only by a prefixed “Ti” or “Te”. The next post will be about possessive adjectives, so you will definitely notice the difference. Let’s go!

Lesson

Mine

Temi

Example

Mine is at home.

Temi wà nílé.

Yours (singular)

Tẹnyin

Example

Yours is at school.

Tẹnyin wà nílé-ìwé.

His/Hers/Its

Ti rẹ̀

Example

Hers is in church.

Ti rẹ̀ wà ní ṣó̩ọ̀ṣì.

Ours

Ti wa

Example

Ours are here.

Ti wa wà ńbí. 

Yours(plural)

Tẹnyín

Example

Yours are going tomorrow.

Tẹnyín ń lọ ló̩la.

Theirs

Tiwọn

Example

Theirs is bad.

Tiwọn burú.

Hope you enjoyed this very informal post. Please, every suggestion or correction is welcomed and appreciated. Thank you! See you in the next post.

Editor notes

As I am also a beginner in Yoruba, my sentences will be very short and boring. So please bear with me.

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