nilį́

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See also: nili and nílʼį́

Navajo[edit]

Etymology[edit]

ni- ‎(adjectival) + -Ø- ‎(3rd person subject prefix) + -Ø- ‎(classifier) + -lį́ ‎(imperfective verb stem)

Verb[edit]

nilį́

  1. he/she is (some thing, or some quality)
    Diné nílį́ — you are Navajo.

Usage notes[edit]

This verb is generally used for animate subjects. When describing something inanimate, use the verb átʼé in most cases. For existence and location, use the verb hólǫ́.

This is a neuter verb. As such, it has only the imperfective stem.

Conjugation[edit]

IMPERFECTIVE singular duoplural plural
1st person nishłį́ niidlį́ daniidlį́
2nd person nílį́ nohłį́ danohłį́
3rd person nilį́ danilį́
4th person jílį́ dajílį́

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