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Asian Games 2018 in Indonesia Posted by on Aug 30, 2018

The Asian Games, also known as Asiad, is a continental multi-sport event held every four years among athletes from all over Asia. The Games were regulated by the Asian Games Federation (AGF) from the first Games in New Delhi, India, until the 1978 Games. Since the 1982 Games, they have been organized by the Olympic…

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Suffix “wan” and “wati” Posted by on Aug 19, 2018

Suffix “–wan” and “–wati” derived from Sanskrit, denote the gender in term of skills, specialization, character as well as profession. The suffix “–wan” occurs with bases, most of which are nouns. In addition to suffix “–wan”, there is also suffix “–man”, which is derived from a small number of nouns ending with phoneme /i/. For…

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SUFFIX “-an” Posted by on Jul 30, 2018

Suffix “–an” derives nouns from verbs and to a lesser extent, from nouns, adjectives and other classes. It also co-occurs with full and partial reduplication. It has a number of different functions. Suffix “–an” most commonly attaches to verb bases, several different meanings being distinguishable. With many verb bases, it produces a noun which stands…

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Various uses of ‘-nya’ suffix part 1 Posted by on May 31, 2018

In bahasa Indonesia, suffix -nya has unique functions. It can serve as a third person possessive pronoun ‘dia’, ‘the’, or to relate to the previous subject of conversation. 1. As a third person pronoun and possessive pronoun, -nya is equivalent to him/his; her; it/its; them/their. Its most common use is in the possessive and object…

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Supaya/Agar Clauses Posted by on May 30, 2018

Unlike an “untuk” clause, a clause introduced by “supaya” or “agar” has a subject. Occurring as a complement with intransitive verbs of intent, a supaya/agar clause contains a subject which is always different from the subject of the main clause. Examples: Kami ingin supaya Anda menolong kami. We want you to help us. Dia meminta…

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Untuk Clauses Posted by on May 25, 2018

An untuk clause often corresponds to an infinitive to-verb clause in English. Untuk introduces a complement – an untuk clause – which has no subject. The untuk clause has no subject because usually it would be the same as the subject of the main clause. When it introduces a complement untuk is not translated. Examples…

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Bali in One Minute Posted by on May 16, 2018

Bali in One Minute

Bali is an amazing island to explore. It’s got beaches, volcanoes, lakes, rice terraces, and waterfalls. You can visit temples, water palaces, monkey forests, hidden canyons, and national parks. Balinese culture is fascinating and unique, from the festivals to the food to the music. You could spend a lifetime exploring Bali and all it has…

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