~te1 sit, be sitting / be located somewhere, whether sitting or not / [...]

Part of Speech verb, intransitive
Phonetic Form (i·)te
Tanema Equivalent ~o
Lovono Equivalent ~lu
    • sit, be sitting
    • Typical Subject s.o.
      • Example 318:
        Bara ba-te ba-botongo okoro ponu.
        I'm afraid you may be sitting on my knife.
        Example Comment
        realis interpretation
      • Example 2360:
        U-abu u-te u-ka!
        Come sit down here!
    • be located somewhere, whether sitting or not
    • Typical Subject s.o.
      Sense Comment gen
      Encyclopedic Info Inanimate subjects would take ~wene.
      • Example 2361:
        Dapa gete li-te ne Toplau.
        The boys are in the Men's House.
    • remain, stay
    • Typical Subject s.o.
      • Example 954:
        Mwaliko iune na ka i-te.
        There's only one man left (who can speak the language).
      • Example 2362:
        Ka u-te!
        Good bye! [lit. you're staying!]
        Example Comment
      • Example 2363:
        Nga i-te kape li-abu.
        If he had remained (in the island) he would have been killed.
    • wait
      • Example 1541:
        Li-te li-te li-ko “Mamote!”
        They waited, waited…, and said “No, not yet!”
    • dwell, live
    • Syntactic Restriction foll. by locative
      • Example 627:
        Ini i-te Franis, ia ebele kulumoe iape Japan.
        She lives in France, but she is actually from [lit. her genuine country is] Japan.
      • Example 2364:
        dapa pe li-te ne kulumoe na
        the people living in this village
    • be in such and such a condition, esp. temporarily
    • Syntactic Restriction foll. by predicate or other modifier
      Typical Subject s.o.

Related entries

  • Heterosemes:
    • ~te2 be doing s.th. Encodes progressive aspect
  • See also:
    • ~te wako be well, be healthy / live in peace