Ekzercaro: 8



Presentation and English notes by Don HARLOW

#8 (Deklinacio: -o, de -o, al -o, -on, kun -o, per -o; apud -o, antaŭ -o, en -o. -- ke.)

La patro estas bona.
Jen kuŝas la ĉapelo de la patro.
Diru al la patro, ke mi estas diligenta.
Mi amas la patron.
Venu kune kun la patro.
La filo staras apud la patro.
La mano de Johano estas pura.
Mi konas Johanon.
Ludoviko, donu al mi panon.
Mi manĝas per la buŝo kaj flaras per la nazo.
Antaŭ la domo staras arbo.
La patro estas en la ĉambro.
ami = love
antaŭ = before
apud = near by
arbo = tree
bona = good
buŝo = mouth
ĉambro = room, chamber
ĉapelo = hat
de = (defined here)
diligenta = diligent
diri = say
domo = house
doni = (defined here)
en = in, inside of
filo = son
flari = smell
Johano = John
ke = that (conj.)
koni = know, recognize, be acquainted with
kun = (defined here)
kune = together
Ludoviko= Ludovic, Ludwig, Louis, Lewis
mano = (defined here)
manĝi = eat
nazo = nose
pano = bread
per = through, by means of
pura = clean, pure
stari = stand
veni = come


1. KE is used when an entire proposition, complete with a verb, takes the place of a single noun in the sentence, as in the example. It is usually translated into English as that. Emphatic warning: that has at least two other meanings as well, so don't automatically translate it back into Esperanto as ke.

2. Johano, Ludoviko, Teodoro are Esperanto versions of common personal names. Some people like to Esperantize their names like this. It is not, however, a linguistic requirement.

3. -U on the end of the word shows a command, request or desire that the state or action described by the word be brought about, maintained or fulfilled. In other words, it's sort of like the English imperative or command mood, and when spoken to a second person, that's exactly what it is. Unlike the English, however, in Esperanto you can direct such a command, etc., to yourself or to some person who is not present (mi ne kuŝu sur la tablo).

4. -N is probably the most criticized ending in the language -- and certainly the most useful. When attached to a noun, it shows that the thing in question is either the object (recipient) of the action described in the verb, or (if the verb shows movement only) the destination of that movement. Its most common use is as the direct object of a verb -- that is, the thing at which the verb's action is directed. Important note: The existence of -N does away with the need for a strict word-order as a means of defining who does what to whom: La leono trovis birdon = The lion found a bird, but La leonon trovis birdo = A bird found the lion. Two other important notes: When we want to show a plural word as a direct object, the -N follows the -J (plumo -> plumojn); and, as with plurals, any accompanying adjectives must have the same object ending as the noun (La frato vidas la maturajn homojn).

5. -I marks a state or action in an undefined time -- what in English is called an infinitive. The Esperanto -I almost always corresponds to the English to with a verb (almost because in English, after a very few "helping" verbs such as can, the to disappears; but the -I on the equivalent Esperanto word never disappears).

6. KUN means "with", but only in the sence of in the company of. The English with has a number of unrelated meanings (she traveled with her sister, he fought with a sword, he fought with his enemies), the others of which are handled by other prepositions which we shall encounter later.

7. -E indicates that the word, like an adjective, is a descriptive word; but where an adjective describes only some thing (noun), these E-words (adverbs) describe states and actions (verbs), and also other descriptive words (adjectives and other adverbs). Notice above that when a sentence starts with a verb (in the infinitive), any associated descriptive word has to be an adverb rather than an adjective (again, adjectives go only with nouns).

Ekzercoj por vi (Exercises for you)

1. Say to John that the house is clean.
2. Theodore knows John.
3. John's son knew Lewis.
4. The boy eats with his (= the) mouth and smells with his (= the) nose.
5. Stand by the house.
6. I love a good tree.
7. Theodore's sons eat diligently.

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Answers to the exercises of #7

1. Akraj dentoj estas danĝeraj.
2. La rozo de Teodoro estis sana kaj brilis.
3. Donu al mi la libron de la leono, la krajonon de la patro kaj la plumon de la frato.
4. Mi vidis la dentojn de la leono.
5. Kiu kuraĝas trovi pomon?
6. La infanoj restis kun la patro kaj la fratoj.
7. Rajdi sur leono ne estas sane.

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