Swahili Negation

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Swahili Negation

Learning the Swahili Negation displayed below is vital to the language. Swahili negation is the process that turns an affirmative statement (I am happy) into its opposite denial (I am not happy).

Grammar Tips:

In Swahili, negation depends on the pronoun and the tense. However some negations just require the word “No” but it comes after the question. For example:

1ST person-  present tense- siwezi ( I cant)

-       past tense- sikuweza( I could’nt)

-       future tense- sitaweza( I will not)

So, for the 1st pesrson prefix  si-  is used but what follows depends with the tense.

The other way of negating is after a question is asked: For example:

Ninaweza?( am I able?) LA(NO)

Unaweza?( are you able?) LA(NO)

Anaweza?(is she/he able) LA(NO)

LA is Swahili for No

Here are some examples:

English NegationSwahili Negation
he is not herehako hapa
that is not my bookhicho si kitabu changu
do not enterusiingie

Notice the structure of the Negation in Swahili.

List of Negation in Swahili

Below is a list of the Negation and negative expressions in Swahili placed in a table. Memorizing this table will help you add very useful and important words to your Swahili vocabulary.

English NegationSwahili Negation
I don't speaksisemi
I don't writesiandiki
I don't drivesiendeshi
I don't lovesependi
I don't givesiwezi kupeana
I don't smilesitabsamu
I don't takesichukui
he doesn't speakhaongei
he doesn't writehaandiki
he doesn't drivehaendeshi
he doesn't lovehapendi
he doesn't givehapeani
he doesn't smilehatabasamu
he doesn't takehachukui
we don't speakhatusemi
we don't writehatuandiki
we don't drivehatuendeshi
we don't lovehatupendi
we don't givehatuwezi kutoa
we don't smilehatutabasamu
we don't takehatuchukui

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