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ubani (needs class)

  1. incense (a perfume often used in the rites of various religions)

This Swahili entry was created from the translations listed at incense. It may be less reliable than other entries, and may be missing parts of speech or additional senses. Please also see ubani in the Swahili Wiktionary. This notice will be removed when the entry is checked. (more information) July 2009



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Particularly: “Probably uba/oba + -ni "what", but what is uba? u- (class 1a) + -ba "to be"?”


ubani class 1a/2a ‎(plural obani)

  1. who is (it)?
    Ubani lo muntu?
    Who is this person?
    Who are you?
    Ubani ongibize?
    Who called me?

Usage notes[edit]

Despite its meaning, this is grammatically a noun, and behaves as a noun in copulative sentences (it takes the ngu- copulative prefix). When a verb is added, the verb takes the relative concord rather than a subject concord, so that the combination Ubani ongibize? literally translates to Who is it who called me?.