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
|yɛ||to be (is/am/was/were/be)|
I am an African (black person)
I saw a tiger
mete dede wɔ m’asom
I hear noise in my ear
do you remember?
me yere te aseɛ
my wife understands
mewɔ sika pii
I have a lot of money
|wɔ||exist (to be there)|
I am home (exist)
ɛdan no wɔ me
the house/building belongs to me
Kofi ne me yɛ adwene
Kofi agrees with me
aberanteɛ no nim me
the young man knows me
ntafoɔ no sɛ
the twins resemble (each other)
wopɛ fufuo dodo
you like fufu too much
I need love
mehyɛ wo bɔ 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
Kofi ani sɔ deɛ Ama ayɛ ama no nyinaa
Kofi appreciates all that Ama has done for him
megye di sɛ wo ho yɛ
I believe you are well
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