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ken in sitelen pona
ken in sitelen sitelen
Pronunciation /ken/ (listen)
Usage 2023: Core (100%  )
2022: Core (99%)
Book and era nimi pu
Part of speech Content word, preverb
Codepoint 󱤘 U+F1918

ken is a core content word and preverb relating to abilities and possibilities.

Etymology[edit | edit source]

The word ken is derived from Tok Pisin ken, itself from English can.[1]

Semantic space[edit | edit source]

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The semantic space of ken includes abilities, as well as, permissions, possibilities, and probabilities.[2]

sina ken ala ken toki pona?
sina ken ala ken toki pona?

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pu[edit | edit source]

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

PRE-VERB  to be able to, be allowed to, can, may
ADJECTIVE  possible

ku[edit | edit source]

For Toki Pona Dictionary, respondents in ma pona pi toki pona translated these English words as ken:

able5, potential5, ability5, capability5, capable5, may5, possible5, could5, eligible4, can4, possibility4, permission4, likelihood3, chance3, probability3, available3, opportunity3, maybe3, possibly3, odds3, patentially2, perhaps2, liberty2, might2, option2, viable2, enable2, privilege2, allow2, likely2, prospect2, freedom2

sitelen pona[edit | edit source]

The sitelen pona glyph for ken is derived from the uppercase Latin letter K.

References[edit | edit source]

  1. Word Origins. Archived from the original on 2 November 2019. Toki Pona.
  2. lipamanka. "toki pona dictionary".