How Noun Phrases Work in the Samoan Language

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Noun phrases are also known a subject phrases. The subject phrase contains the person, place, or thing that is the focus of the action. The subject either does and/or receives the action.

Samoan subjects contain an “O” present tense marker. Subject tense marker in Samoan are always “O”. The “O” is dropped when the subject phrase is connected to the action phrase. After the “O” comes the limiter. The noun follows the limiter. Adjectives that describe the noun follow the noun.

Limiters

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