Why Samoans Identify Nouns with the Letter “O”

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The Samoan language identifies subjects with the particle “O” when there is no action or location given to the noun. The “O” is a noun tense marker that indicates:

  1. Presently, as in the present tense this is (noun)
  2. Introduces a noun

The “O” noun tense marker is used in complete subject phrases. If you were to ask someone to identify a person, place, thing, or idea in Samoan, they will likely begin with “O” .

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