haʼní

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Navajo[edit]

Etymology[edit]

ho- (space, area, things) + -di- (oral) + -Ø- (3rd person subject prefix) + -d- (classifier)-ní (neuter imperfective stem of root -NIID, “to say”).

Like with (“he says”), di- deletes in the third person, but only optionally: hodiʼní.

Pronunciation[edit]

Verb[edit]

haʼní

  1. they say, it is said
    Kinłání doo ayóo deesdoi da łeh haʼní — Flagstaff is usually not very hot, it is said.

Usage notes[edit]

This is a neuter verb. For conjugations in other modes, see the corresponding active verb haʼniih (Perf. hodooʼniid).

Conjugation[edit]

Paradigm: Neuter imperfective (Ø), third person only.

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