e is a particle of toki pona that introduces the direct object of the sentence.
Function of e[edit | edit source]
e marks the direct object of the verb.
- mi toki e nimi pona
- I say good words
Sources of confusion[edit | edit source]
Most of the confusion around e comes from not knowing what the direct object is. For example,
- mi toki e sina
I talk to you
- I say you
Remembering what is what isn't as hard as it seems; in English, the direct object never has a preposition. So if in the sentence you're translating, the "object" has a preposition before it (such as to, for, from, etc), it's not the direct object.
- He walks towards me
- ona li tawa mi