|Usage||2023: Core (100% ↗ )|
2022: Core (99%)
|Book and era||nimi pu|
|Part of speech||Content word, number|
Etymology[edit | edit source]
Semantic space[edit | edit source]
The semantic space of tu includes the number two. By extension, it includes division and separation into two parts, more frequently when used as a transitive verb (see also kipisi). For dividing into more parts, the word mute is generally used.
mi tu e kili
mi tu e kili.
I slice the apple (in half).
There may be ambiguity when tu is used as a modifier, as it may be confused for the numeral.
two tools; cutting tool
pu[edit | edit source]
ku[edit | edit source]
two5, cut2, divide2, pair5 , double4 , both4 , twice3 , couple3
sitelen pona[edit | edit source]
The sitelen pona glyph for tu represents two vertical lines.
References[edit | edit source]
- Word Origins. Archived from the original on 2 November 2019. Toki Pona.