Malagasy Articles

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Malagasy Articles

Learning the Malagasy Articles is very important because its structure is used in every day conversation. The more you master it the more you get closer to mastering the Malagasy language. But first we need to know what the role of Articles is in the structure of the grammar in Malagasy.

Malagasy articles are words that combine with a noun to indicate the type of reference being made by the noun. Generally articles specify the grammatical definiteness of the noun. Examples are "the, a, and an".

Grammar Tips:

Definite Article:

Like English, which has only one definite article “the", Malagasy also has only one definite article: “Ny”. However two particles are used for persons or proper nouns: “i”, attached or not attached to the definite name, and “ra”, more polite than “i” which is mostly found as a first syllable of many Malagasy last names.

Examples of common names: Ny hazo (the tree), Ny hazo (the trees); Ny trano (the house), Ny trano (the houses)

 

Examples of proper names: i Koto or Ikoto (the boy named Koto); i Soa or Isoa (the girl named Soa); Rakoto (with politeness: the man named Koto and most of times a last name)

 

Indefinite Article:

While we have (a / an / some) in English as indefinite articles, there is no indefinite article in Malagasy .

 

Examples:

Boky (a book)

Trano (a house)


Here are some examples:

English ArticlesMalagasy Articles
articlesMpanoritra
theny/ilay
a
oneiray/anankiray
somemisy
fewvitsy
the bookilay boky
the booksireo boky
a bookboky
one bookboky iray
some booksmisy boky
few booksboky vitsivitsy

Notice the structure of the Articles in Malagasy.

List of Articles in Malagasy

Below is a list of vocabulary where you can use the Definite and Indefinite Articles in Malagasy. Try to practice but also memorizing this table will help you add very useful and important words to your Malagasy vocabulary.

English VocabularyMalagasy Vocabulary
Foodsakafo
almondsalmonds
breadmofo dipaina
breakfastsakafo maraina
butterdibera
candybonbon
cheesefraomazy
chickenakoho
cumincumin
dessertdesera
dinnersakafo hariva
fishtrondro
fruitvoankazo
ice creamglasy
lambondry
lemonvoasary makirana
lunchsakafo hariva
mealsakafo
meathena
ovenlafaoro
pepperdipoavatra
plantszava-maniry
porkhena-kisoa
saladsalady
saltsira
sandwichsandwich
sausagesaosisy
souplasopy
sugarsiramamy
suppersakafo hariva
turkeyvoron-tsy loza
applepaoma
bananaakondro
orangesvoasary
peachespaiso
peanutvoanjo
pearspoara
pineapplemananasy
grapesgarana
strawberriesfrezy
vegetableslegioma
carrotkaraoty
cornkatsaka
cucumberkaokambra
garlicgarlic
lettucesalady
olivesoliva
onionstongolo gros oignon
peppersdipoavatra
potatoesovy
pumpkinvoatavo
beanstsaramaso
tomatoesvoatabia

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