There are 5 main translations of le in Northern Sotho

: le1le2le3le4le5

le1

is

copular verb

  • 1

    is
    are
    am
    ‘Bana ba gagwe ba a mo thuša ka gore ba ema naye ge a le mathateng’ Her children help her, because they stand by her while she is in trouble

There are 5 main translations of le in Northern Sotho

: le1le2le3le4le5

le2

and

particle

  • 1

    and
    together with
    ‘Efa phapano magareng ga tumanoši le tumammogo’ Give the difference between a vowel and a consonant
  • 2

    also
    ‘Le Madimetša o be a feitše teko ya mmetse’ Madimetša also failed the maths test

Usage

The particle 'le' cannot be used as a conjunction to join sentences.

There are 5 main translations of le in Northern Sotho

: le1le2le3le4le5

le3

you

prefix

  • 1

    (plural) you
    ‘Lena ga le nkwele bohloko. > Ga le nkwele bohloko’ You don't feel pity for me. > You don't feel pity for me
  • 2

    (cl. 5)
    he
    it
    she
    ‘Legapu le le bodile. > Le bodile’ This watermelon is rotten. > It is rotten

Usage

Subject concords of noun classes, here 'le', are not translated when they appear together with the subject in the sentence.

There are 5 main translations of le in Northern Sotho

: le1le2le3le4le5

le4

you

prefix

  • 1

    (plural) you
    ‘Mmušo o fepa lena. > Mmušo o a le fepa’ The government feeds you. > The government feeds you
  • 2

    (cl. 5)
    her
    him
    it
    ‘Ngwana o ja lefela. > Ngwana o a le ja’ The child eats a mealie. > The child eats it

There are 5 main translations of le in Northern Sotho

: le1le2le3le4le5

le5

this (one)

demonstrative pronoun

  • 1

    (cl. 5)
    this (one)
    ‘Letamo le le tletše kudu’ This dam is very full