Nis - Noun-Noun Possession
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The usage of "nis"
This public article was written by YɔhLlɔmɔ, and last updated on 4 Jul 2017, 15:36.
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In Mesyar, noun to noun possession is usually made simple by changing "The girl's house" to "The house of the girl," but this also means that "li" must be included in the sentence because of the usage of an adposition, in this case "of."
Mesyar uses a possessive pronoun to make a sentence with noun to noun possession, the possessive pronoun has to match with the noun who is possessing the other noun, and this possessive pronoun MUST go directly after the noun who is possessing. Also, since it would look kind of wrong and sound even worst, "nis" is added RIGHT AFTER the noun being possessed. It should look something like this:
The girl her house nis
Le nisa çu bae nis
Sometimes, using the "nis" instead of changing the sentence into a different order, can make it much shorter, or even longer. There is nothing wrong with using "The house of the girl" instead of "The girl's house," but in both cases, keep in mind that you must add "nis" or "li" where they belong! And, be careful, because "li" can be a little tricky to place, so if you are not feeling secure, just go with "nis." An example of "The house of the girl" compared to "The girl's house" would be:
Le nisa çu bae nis
Noun to noun possession is pretty easy in Mesyar, it kind of sounds right to, otherwise, a literal translation of that same phrase, "The girl's house," with out "nis" would be something like "The girl her house." I hope you liked the article about the usage of "nis." Erål!
[top]Adjectival use of "nis"
"Nis" can also be used as a word connector, for example, with the word "sand castle," you would normally say "castle of sand," but, that means that you MUST add a "li" somewhere, but, with "nis," you can easily relate both words by changing "sand castle" into "castle sandnis."
This doesn't need to be used exclusively for two "simple" nouns like "sand" and "castle," but it can be used for "rice farming," in this case "rice" is the descriptive word, so it is placed last, making it "farming ricenis," as you can see, with out the "nis," in English, it would become confusing since it would become "farming rice." This is how "rice farming" would look:
"Nis" can be used to relate two words to each other, almost making one of those words an adjective. By using "nis," you are able to skip transforming the sentence even more into using adpositions and "li."