yáʼátʼééh

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Navajo[edit]

Etymology[edit]

yá- (thematic) + -ʼá- (comparative) + -Ø- (ni-modal 3rd person subject prefix) + -Ø- (classifier)-tʼééh (neuter imperfective stem of root -TʼÉÉH, “to be good”).

Often anglicized as "yatahey" or "yah-ta-hey".

Pronunciation[edit]

Interjection[edit]

yáʼátʼééh

  1. greetings, hello
  2. bye, see you later

Verb[edit]

yáʼátʼééh

  1. he/she/it is fine, suitable, good
    yáʼátʼééh náshdleeł — I’m feeling better.
    doo yáʼátʼéeh da — he is bad, evil, not good.
  2. he/she/it is pretty
  3. he/she is well, good
    yáʼáníshtʼééhI am well.
    yáʼánítʼééhíshare you well?
  4. must
  5. like
    shił yáʼátʼééh — I like it (reflects a personal preference).
    doo shił yáʼátʼéeh daI don’t like it (reflects a personal preference).
    Díí naaltsoos shił yáʼátʼééh — I like this book.
    Éí movie nił yáʼátʼééh yaʼYou like that movie, right?
    Aooʼ, áh yáʼátʼééh — Yes, it's good.

Usage notes[edit]

This is a neuter verb that uses only the imperfective mode.

Conjugation[edit]

Paradigm: Neuter imperfective (ni).

IMPERFECTIVE singular duoplural plural
1st person yáʼáníshtʼééh yáʼániitʼééh yáʼádaniitʼééh
2nd person yáʼánítʼééh yáʼánóhtʼééh yáʼádanohtʼééh
3rd person yáʼátʼééh yáʼádaatʼééh
4th person yáʼájítʼééh yáʼádajitʼééh
Unspecified Passive A Passive B
Spatial yáʼáhootʼééh

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