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  1. (pharmacology) a shortened allomorph of the monoclonal antibody affix -kin-, used before the affixes -xi- and -zu- for ease of pronunciation

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Swahili edit

Pronunciation edit

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Etymology 1 edit

Infix edit


  1. (in second verb in a series) while, simultaneity marker
    Near-synonym: -na-
    niliwaona wakitembeaI saw them walk
    1. (after -wa) continuous aspect marker
      nimekuwa nikiandikaI have been writing
  2. when, if, conditional mood marker
    Antonym: -sipo-
    nikinunuaif I buy
    ukienda Kenyaif you go to Kenya
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Swahili TAM markers
Positive infinitive ku-/kw-1
Negative infinitive kuto-
Habitual hu-1
Telegrammic ka-1
General (positive indicative) -a
Positive subjunctive -e
Negative present -i
Second person plural -ni
Infix position
positive subject concord
Positive past -li-
Positive present -na-
Positive future -ta-
Negative subjunctive -si-1
Positive present conditional -nge-
Negative present conditional -singe-
Positive past conditional -ngali-
Negative past conditional -singali-
Gnomic -a-1
Perfect -me-
"Already" past -lisha-
"Already" present -mesha-/-sha-
"If/When" -ki-1
"If not" -sipo-
Consecutive -ka-1
Infix position
negative subject concord
Negative past -ku-1
Negative future -ta-
"Not yet" -ja-1
Negative present conditional -nge-
Negative past conditional -ngali-
Past -li-
Present -na-
Future -taka-
Negative -si-
1 Can take stress and therefore does not require -ku-/-kw- in monosyllabic verbs.

Etymology 2 edit

Infix edit


  1. it, ki class(VII) object concord
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Yoruba edit

Etymology edit

Compare with Arigidi -kí-, Ede Idaca -kú-

Interfix edit


  1. adds the meaning "any" to a noun when inserted into the reduplicated form (sometimes used pejoratively to mean "bad")
    ọmọ (child)ọmọkọ́mọ (any child, bad child)
    fìlà (hat)fìlàkífìlà (any hat)
    ẹni (one, person)ẹnikẹ́ni (anyone)
    ewé (leaf)ewékéwé (any leaf; bad leaf)

Usage notes edit

For nouns that start with a vowel, the vowel in is deleted, but the high tone is retained. For nouns that start with a consonant, is inserted directly.