How to Use Singular Post Verb Pronouns in Samoan

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These singular emphatic pronouns, also known as Post-Verb Pronouns are used AFTER the verb/main idea in a verb phrase to emphasize the person or subject.  

Before Verb/Main IdeaTranslationAfter Verb/Main Idea
ouIo a’u
‘eyouo oe

o ia

*The “o” is used in standalone noun phrases but often omitted when used after the verb in verb phrases.  

Standalone noun phraseO ia na ata ia le pepe.  /  She smiled at the baby.

Verb phrase:  Sa ata e ia iā le pepe.  /  She smiled at the baby.  


  • Sa nofo a’u i le potu moe. : I sat in the bedroom. 

    The pronoun (I, a’u) comes after the verb (sat, nofo).  This is a singular Post-Verb form of I.

  • O le a va’ai oe i lou tuagane.  – You will watch the game with your brother.  

   The pronoun (you, oe) comes after the verb (va’ai, watch).  This is a singular Post-Verb form of you.

  • Na fai  galuega lelei o ia.– He/she  did a good job.  

  The pronoun (he/she, o ia) comes after the verb (did job, fai galuega).  This is a singular Post-Verb form of he/she.

The present habitual tense marker “te” is not used with emphatic pronouns, only descriptive pronouns like the examples below. 

  • Matou te o la e fafo- We (our group and no one else) go outside.  
  • Tatou te o i le fale– We (all 3+) go in the house.
  • Tou te i ai i le galuega? – Are you (3+) at the job?
  • Po latou te nonofo i le faletamea?– Are they (3+) at the laundry?

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