Some phrases for duration are more common than others, though they are not entirely lexicalized. The same phrase in a different context is easily used to convey a different meaning, and the same meaning can be described by multiple phrases.

  • tenpo suno - day, daytime, time that has light
  • tenpo esun - week (based on the weekly workday cycle)
  • tenpo mun - month (the length of a moon cycle is roughly one month), night (time related to the moon)
  • tenpo sike - year (Earth circles the sun)[a], repeating time

For approximate durations, one can use tenpo lili and tenpo suli. Some use the same phrases for distances, while others use tenpo poka and tenpo weka. These can then be combined with terms for past and future.
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