There are 3 main translations of wa in Northern Sotho

: wa1wa2wa3

wa1

you

prefix

  • 1

    (singular) you
    ‘Ke lekile go go fa, wena wa gana’ I tried to give you something, but you refused
  • 2

    he
    it
    she
    ‘Ge a be a nyaka go tshela tsela, mmotoro wa mo thula. > Ge a be a nyaka go tshela tsela, wa mo thula’ When he tried to cross the road, the car hit him. > When he tried to cross the road, it hit him

Usage

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

There are 3 main translations of wa in Northern Sotho

: wa1wa2wa3

wa2

of

prefix

  • 1

    of
    ‘Moromiwa wa kgoro ya tsheko o tlišitše dipampiri gore ke di saene’ A messenger of the court brought the papers for me to sign
    ‘Molao wa maitshwaro wa sešole o thata’ The code of conduct for soldiers is tough

There are 3 main translations of wa in Northern Sotho

: wa1wa2wa3

wa3

fall

verb

  • 1

    fall
    ‘Hlokomela o se ke wa wa ge o namela moo’ Be careful not to fall when you get there