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NII | small thing, CL for any inanimate noun
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HAZA | here, the current, originally
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NII HAZA | this, this one, these

The NP nii haza is made up of a noun nii plus a determiner haza. Nii belongs to a special class of nouns that serve as substitutes for other nouns. They are called classifiers (CL). Nii can be used as a substitute for any inanimate noun. Nii haza means ‘this’, ‘this one’ or ‘these.

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JAA | something, anything, what

Jaa is an indefinite pronoun. It substitutes for all inanimate nouns and some other nouns in questions.

Jaa is in the same position in the sentence as the word it replaces (NOTE: this is not the case with English what).

What is this?
This is a book.

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jaa nii haza?  – – ..
what CL here
What is this?

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PAN | pen, pencil, writing brush

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pan nii haza  – – ..
pen CL here
This is a pen.

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PATA | table, carpenter's plane

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pata nii haza  .. – ..
table CL there
This is a table.

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MNU | chair

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mnu nii haza  – – ..
chair CL there
This is a chair.

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HAJ | book

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haj nii haza  – – ..
book CL here
This is a book.

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VNA | there, over there
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NII VNA | that, that one, those

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jaa nii vna?  – – –
what CL there
What is that?

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NETU | source, origin, roots or stems of plants, periodical, newspaper

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netu nii vna  .. – –
paper CL there
That is a paper.

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mnu nii vna  – – –
chair CL there
That is a chair.

Nouns like pan, pata, mnu, etc. (things which can be counted), have no number indication. They may refer to one ore more than one thing according to context and the construction they occur in.

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