Spatial words

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In Toki Pona, spatial words (or spatial nouns[1]) are content words that indicate relative locations.

In the standard style, spatial words are not used as prepositions.[a] They must be preceded by a preposition to be used in such situations. For example, insa means "inside" in the noun sense, while lon insa means "inside" in the preposition sense (lit. 'on the inside').

Core words[edit | edit source]

anpa[edit | edit source]

anpa is a core word relating to something physically lowered, and figuratively, to the lowering one's standing.

insa[edit | edit source]

insa is a core word relating to something physically inside or in-between.

monsi[edit | edit source]

monsi is a core word relating to something physically in the rear.

poka[edit | edit source]

poka is a core word relating to something physically on the side.

sewi[edit | edit source]

sewi is a core word relating to something physically elevated, and figuratively, to the sacred and divine.

sinpin[edit | edit source]

sinpin is a core word relating to something physically in front.

Notes[edit | edit source]

  1. This was historically not always the case for poka, but it has since been brought in line with the other spatial words.

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