Malagasy Pronouns

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Malagasy Pronouns

Learning the Malagasy Pronouns 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 Pronouns is in the structure of the grammar in Malagasy.

Malagasy pronouns include personal pronouns (refer to the persons speaking, the persons spoken to, or the persons or things spoken about), indefinite pronouns, relative pronouns (connect parts of sentences) and reciprocal or reflexive pronouns (in which the object of a verb is being acted on by verb's subject).

Grammar Tips:

In English personal pronouns are (I, you, he, she, it, we, you, they), and (me, you, him, her, it, us, you, them), In Malagasy, the personal pronouns are:

Izaho or aho (I), ianao (you singular), izy  (he or she),  

Isika (we) –inclusive- izahay  (we) -exclusive-, ianareo (you plural) izy ireo (they)

Examples: Mianatra aho (I learn), mianatra ianao (you learn, singular), mianatra izy (he/she learns), mianatra isika (we learn: you included), mianatra izahay we learn, you are not included) mianatra ianareo (you learn, plural), mianatra izy ireo (they learn)

Indirect Object Pronouns:

Indirect object pronouns are words that replace the indirect object, which is usually a person.

Ahy (me), anao (you), azy (him, her), antsika(inclusive); anay (exclusive) (us), anareo(you), azy ireo (them):

Examples: Omeo ahy ny boky (give me the book). Tiako ianao(I love you).

Possessive Pronouns:

Ahy (variant= ahako) (remember that there is no disctinction between masculine and feminine; singular and plural as well), anao (yours), azy (his, hers), antsika (inclusive); anay (exclusive) (ours), anareo (yours), azy ireo (theirs).


Here are some examples:

English PronounsMalagasy Pronouns
PronounsMpisolo-tena
Iizaho
youianao
heizy
sheizy
weisika
theyizy ireo/zareo
meizaho
youianao
himizy
herizy
usisika/tsika
themizy ireo/zareo
myny -ko
yourny -nao
hisny -niny
herny -niny
ourny -tsika
theirny -nareo
mineahy
yoursanao
hisazy
hersazy
oursantsika
theirsazy ireo

Notice the structure of the Pronouns in Malagasy.

List of Pronouns in Malagasy

Below is a list of the Personal pronouns, indefinite pronouns, relative pronouns, reciprocal or reflexive pronouns in Malagasy placed in a table. Memorizing this table will help you add very useful and important words to your Malagasy vocabulary.

English PronounsMalagasy Pronouns
I speakmiteny aho
you speakmiteny ianao
he speaksmiteny izy
she speaksmiteny izy
we speakmiteny isika
they speakmiteny izy ireo
give meomeo aho
omeo izy
give himomeo izy
give heromeo izy
give usomeo izahay
give themomeo izy ireo
my bookny bokiko
your bookny bokinao
his bookny bokiny
her bookny bokiny
our bookny bokintsika
their bookny bokiny

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