Malay Plural

If you're trying to learn Malay Plural which is also called Malaysian, check our courses about Plural and Singular... to help you with your Malay grammar. Try to concentrate on the lesson and notice the pattern that occurs each time the word changes its place. Also don't forget to check the rest of our other lessons listed on Learn Malay. Enjoy the rest of the lesson!


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Malay Plural

Learning the Malay Plural displayed below is vital to the language. Malay Plurals are grammatical numbers, typically referring to more than one of the referent in the real world. In the English language, singular and plural are the only grammatical numbers. In Malay to change a singular word to a plural form, the general rule is to duplicate the singular word and inserting a hyphen in the middle, although this is not always the case. Here are some examples:

English PluralMalay Plural
PluralJamak
my bookbuku saya
my booksbuku-buku saya
our daughteranak perempuan kami
our daughtersanak-anak perempuan kami
I'm coldsaya kesejukkan
we're coldkami kesejukkan
his chickensayam-ayam dia
their chickenayam-ayam mereka

Notice the structure of the Plural in Malay.

List of Plurals in Malay

Below is a list of the plurals and singulars in Malay placed in a table. Notice that when the word ‘many’ is used, the rule to duplicate the singular word does not apply. The singular word stays in singular form and the word ‘many’ is inserted in front. This is one of the exceptions of the rule. These examples might help you to understand better.

English PluralMalay Plural
alligatorbuaya
alligatorsbuaya-buaya
bearberuang
bearsberuang-beruang
birdburung
birdsburung-burung
bulllembu jantan
bullslembu-lembu jantan
catkucing
catskucing-kucing
cowlembu betina
cowslembu-lembu betina
deerrusa
many deerbanyak rusa
doganjing
dogsanjing-anjing
donkeykeldai
donkeyskeldai-keldai
eagleburung helang
eaglesburung-burung helang
elephantgajah
elephantsgajah-gajah
giraffezirafah
giraffeszirafah-zirafah
goatkambing
goatskambing-kambing
horsekuda
horseskuda-kuda
lionsinga
lionssinga-singa
monkeymonyet
monkeysmonyet-monyet
mousetikus
micetikus-tikus
rabbitarnab
rabbitsarnab-arnab
snakeular
snakesular-ular
tigerharimau
tigersharimau-harimau
wolfserigala
wolvesserigala-serigala

Plural and Singular have a very important role in Malay. Once you're done with the Malaysian Plural, you might want to check the rest of our Malay lessons here: Learn Malay. Don't forget to bookmark this page.


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