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Compound general-tense verb form made up of n- (1st. person singular subject marker, with reduction) + -a- (general tense) + -ku- (2nd. person singular object marker) + penda (love, plain form). The form is more of a colloquial way of saying the phrase. The proper Swahili way to say this sentence is, "Ninakupenda."



  1. I love you (formal, general aspect)
  2. I like you "(formal, general aspect)"

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