Forming Samoan Location Phrases with Common Nouns

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Anytime you have action you’ll have a place or a location where the action happens

If I walk to the store.  The action is walk and it happens to the store.

If Joseph exercises at home.  The action is exercise and it happens at home

if there’s a bird on the car.  The birds action is existing or being present and it happens on the car

You get my point

We start these location phrases 

    to the store, at home, and On the car with the Samoan preposition “i”.

Anytime the location is a common noun, it’s gonna start with “i”

Names, months, and pronouns are not common nouns and have different prepositions like ia or ia te….but this lesson focuses on common nouns like store, home, roof, bus, dog, cat, boy, girl, mother, father.

I walk to the store…..Ou te savali atu i le fale’oloa (the location begins with “i” and ends with our common noun store or fale’oloa)

Joseph exercises at home…. E fa’amalositino Joseph i le fale. (the location begins with “i” and ends with our common noun home or fale)

there’s a bird on the car…. E i ai se manulele i luga o le ta’avale (the location begins with “i” but notice we give more description by saying on top of our common noun ta’avale or car).

Whenever you hear these common descriptions like on top, below, in front , behind, you’ll see that they also begin with “i” but they also have a descriptor like i luga o, i lalo o, i luma o, i tua o and then the common noun.  

The opposite of “i” is when the action is coming from a place, we would say mai, like ‘Ua ou savali mai le fale’oloa.  but that’s a different lesson.

Practice making location phrases with common nouns using the Samoan preposition “i”

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