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The word “syntax” is given a Kalabari form, “sintakisi” and defined below.  


Sịntakịsị anịẹ ẹkwẹn bbdukoye bu s’me n’ibi anga kẹ Wa tolumar’ dawoye.


Verbs & Auxiliary Verbs.

As a general rule, Kalabari sentences always end in a verb or auxiliary verb as the case may be.



As a general rule, in a Kalabari sentence the definite article "the" always comes after the noun subject; the idefinite articles such as "a" and "an" come before. Examples:


*articles in klabari are in brackets



  1. The boy has come = owibọ tụbọ (be) O bo t
  2. Kill the goat = obori (be) baa
  3. Did you see the bag? = akpa (mẹ) I rị?
  4. The women are here = ereme (ma) In bo t.


A and An

  1. Give me a bag = (gbọrụ) akpa k I p'rị
  2. Did you see a bag? = I (gbọrụ) akpa rị?
  3. An egg a day is o.k = (gbọrụ) anyị gbọrụ ene ibi w'rar'



In English, verbs always come before adverbs. Examples:

run quickly;

eat gently;

do it carefully

come tommorow

see me six o'clock


In Kalabari, verbs come after adverbs. Examples:

run quickly = fọnya mangịị

eat gently = klkl fịị

do it carefullydein deinma mịy

come tommorow = baa boo

see me six o'clock = sonia so b I r


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