an--ana

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Malagasy[edit]

Etymology[edit]

Common Malayo-Polynesian.

Circumfix[edit]

an--ana

  1. Goal-focus or relative voice formant, which creates verbs of instrument or goal (i.e., time, place, mode, or cause).

Usage notes[edit]

  • This circumfix is directly related to the man- prefix, and focuses the subject of a Malagasy sentence on instrument or goal rather than on agent:
    (agent/active) Nanasa ny lamba amin'ny savony aho
    I washed the clothes with soap
    (goal/relative) Nanasako ny lamba ny savony
    I washed the clothes with soap.

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