Twi Stative Verbs | Twi Grammar

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We have, thus far, looked at the concept of verbs as a very important part of speech and gone ahead to look at action verbs as one of the main types of this all-important part of speech.

Let’s now explore the other major verb type: stative verbs. Just like we did with the action verbs, we will look at what stative verbs are, and list a number of verbs that fall within this category of verbs.

What are Stative Verbs?

Stative verbs express states of being rather than actions. Examples include “hunu (see)”, “te (hear)”, “kae (remember)”, “te aseɛ (understand)”, “yɛ (to be)”, “wɔ (have; possession)”, etc. Let’s see how these and other Twi stative verbs are used in the table below.

Stative Verbs in Twi

TwiEnglishUsage Example
to be (is/am/was/were/be)

me bibini

I am an African (black person)


mehunuu ɔsebɔ

I saw a tiger


mete dede wɔ m’asom

I hear noise in my ear



do you remember?

te aseɛunderstand

me yere te aseɛ

my wife understands


me sika pii

I have a lot of money

exist (to be there)

me fie

I am home (exist)

belong to

ɛdan no me

the house/building belongs to me

yɛ adweneagree

Kofi ne me yɛ adwene

Kofi agrees with me


aberanteɛ no nim me

the young man knows me


ntafoɔ no

the twins resemble (each other)


wo fufuo dodo

you like fufu too much


mehia ɔdɔ

I need love

hyɛ bɔpromise

mehyɛ wo sɛ menni wo hwammɔ da

I promise you that I will never betray you


ɔwofoɔ biara nni hɔ a ɔtan ne ba

no parent hates his/her child

ani sɔappreciate

Kofi ani sɔ deɛ Ama ayɛ ama no nyinaa

Kofi appreciates all that Ama has done for him

gye dibelieve

megye di sɛ wo ho yɛ

I believe you are well

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