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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"?”


úbaní class 1a (plural obani class 2a)

  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?.


Class 1a/2a
Singular Plural
Full form ubani obani
Locative kubani kobani
Singular Plural
Full form ubani obani
Simple form bani bobani
Locative kubani kobani
Copulative ngubani ngobani
Possessive forms
Singular Plural
Modifier Substantive Modifier Substantive
Class 1 kabani okabani wobani owobani
Class 2 bakabani abakabani bobani abobani
Class 3 kabani okabani wobani owobani
Class 4 kabani ekabani yobani eyobani
Class 5 likabani elikabani lobani elobani
Class 6 kabani akabani obani awobani
Class 7 sikabani esikabani sobani esobani
Class 8 zikabani ezikabani zobani ezobani
Class 9 kabani ekabani yobani eyobani
Class 10 zikabani ezikabani zobani ezobani
Class 11 lukabani olukabani lwobani olwobani
Class 14 bukabani obukabani bobani obobani
Class 15 kukabani okukabani kwobani okwobani
Class 17 kukabani okukabani kwobani okwobani