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ante in sitelen pona
ante in sitelen sitelen
Pronunciation /ˈan.te/
Usage 2023: Core (99% → )2022: Core (99%)
Book and era nimi pu
Part of speech Content word
Codepoint 󱤆 U+F1906

ante is a core content word relating to difference and change.

Etymology[edit | edit source]

The word ante is derived from Dutch ander, meaning "other, different".[1]

Semantic space[edit | edit source]

The semantic space of ante includes difference, otherness, and change. It is an antonym of sama, but sama is a preposition and ante is not.

nasin ante li pona tawa jan ante

nasin ante li pona tawa jan ante.[2]

Different ways are good for different people.

The context clause ante la is often used to mean "otherwise", referring to the alternative of a previous context clause; or to change the subject, like the word "anyway".

pu[edit | edit source]

In the "Official Toki Pona Dictionary" section, the book Toki Pona: The Language of Good defines ante as:

ADJECTIVE  different, altered, changed, other

ku[edit | edit source]

For Toki Pona Dictionary, respondents in ma pona pi toki pona translated these English words as ante:[3]

other5, changing5, different5, alter5, modify5, alternative4, change4, convert4, edit4, difference4, transformation4, distinct4, differently4, vary4, transform3, variation3, contrast3, distinction3, replace3, switch3, else3, another3, conversion3, adjustment3, adapt2, affect2, distinguish2, adjust2, amendment2, transition2, opposed2, unlike2, separate2, counterpart2, diversity2, shift2, adaptation2

sitelen pona[edit | edit source]

The sitelen pona glyph for ante (󱤆) represents two diverging bent lines. Its exact origin is unclear. It has a similar diagonal cross shape to ala, utala, and weka, all of which have to do with absence or conflict. The glyph may also be derived from sama.

sitelen sitelen[edit | edit source]

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References[edit | edit source]

  1. "Word Origins". Archived from the original on 8 August 2002.
  2. Lang, Sonja. (25 May 2014). Toki Pona: The Language of Good. Tawhid. ISBN 978-0978292300. OCLC 921253340.
  3. Lang, Sonja. (18 July 2021). Toki Pona Dictionary. Illustrated by Vacon Sartirani. Tawhid. ISBN 978-0978292362. p. 202.

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