There are 2 main translations of they in Northern Sotho

: they1they2

they1

e

pronoun

  • 1

    e
    ‘It was winter when she died’ E be e le marega ge a hlokafala

There are 2 main translations of they in Northern Sotho

: they1they2

they2

ba

pronoun

  • 1

    (with cl. 2)
    ba
    ‘The learners are preparing themselves for the mid-year examinations. > They are preparing themselves for the mid-year examinations’ Baithuti ba itokišetša ditlhahlobo tša gare ga ngwaga. > Ba itokišetša ditlhahlobo tša gare ga ngwaga
  • 2

    (with cl. 2, with cl. 4)
    e
    ya
    ‘The streets in town are full of people who are protesting. > They are full of people who are protesting’ Mebila ya ka toropong e tletše ka batho ba go gwanta. > E tletše ka batho ba go gwanta
    ‘The herbs helped them to get well > They helped them to get well’ Mešunkwane e ile ya ba thuša ba fola. > E ile ya ba thuša ba fola
  • 3

    (with cl. 6, with cl. 4)
    a
    ‘The young men arrived yesterday from the mine. > They arrived yesterday from the mine’ Masogana a gorogile maabane go tšwa moepong. > A gorogile maabane go tšwa moepong
  • 4

    (with cl. 8, cl. 10, with cl. 6)
    di
    tša
    ‘New vehicles are very expensive. > They are very expensive’ Difatanaga tše mpsha di tura kudu. > Di tura kudu
    ‘The dogs saw a hare and went after it. > They saw a hare and went after it’ Dimpša di ile tša bona mmutla tša o rakediša. > Di ile tša bona mmutla tša o rakediša
  • 5

    See she he it
    • neutral subject marker