Lesson 29: Twi Stative Verbs | Twi Grammar

We have, thus far, looked at the concept of verbs as a very important part of speech and gone ahead to look at action verbs as one of the main types of this all-important part of speech.

Let’s now explore the other major verb type: stative verbs. Just like we did with the action verbs, we will look at what stative verbs are, and list a number of verbs that fall within this category of verbs.

 

What are Stative Verbs?

Stative verbs express states of being rather than actions. Examples include “hunu (see)”, “te (hear)”, “kae (remember)”, “te aseɛ (understand)”, “yɛ (to be)”, “wɔ (have; possession)”, etc. Let’s see how these and other Twi stative verbs are used in the table below.

 

Stative Verbs in Twi

Twi English Usage Example
to be (is/am/was/were/be)

me bibini

I am an African (black person)

hunu see

mehunuu ɔsebɔ

I saw a tiger

te hear

mete dede wɔ m’asom

I hear noise in my ear

kae remember

wokae?

do you remember?

te aseɛ understand

me yere te aseɛ

my wife understands

have

me sika pii

I have a lot of money

exist (to be there)

me fie

I am home (exist)

belong to

ɛdan no me

the house/building belongs to me

yɛ adwene agree

Kofi ne me yɛ adwene

Kofi agrees with me

nim know

aberanteɛ no nim me

the young man knows me

resemble

ntafoɔ no

the twins resemble (each other)

like

wo fufuo dodo

you like fufu too much

hia need

mehia ɔdɔ

I need love

hyɛ bɔ promise

mehyɛ wo sɛ menni wo hwammɔ da

I promise you that I will never betray you

tan hate

ɔwofoɔ biara nni hɔ a ɔtan ne ba

no parent hates his/her child

ani sɔ appreciate

Kofi ani sɔ deɛ Ama ayɛ ama no nyinaa

Kofi appreciates all that Ama has done for him

gye di believe

megye di sɛ wo ho yɛ

I believe you are well

 

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