Arapaho - Nouns - Inanimate
Arapaho nouns are divided into two groups - things which are living or thought of as living (animate nouns), and things which are not (inanimate nouns).
Here are some common inanimate nouns:
wo3ónohoe paper, book
Inanimate nouns are most often made plural by adding -no. Sometimes, -ono is added, and if the noun already ends in -n, then just -o is added. A few nouns are made plural by adding some other letter plus -o:
wo3ónohóéno papers, books
(bíí3wo is already plural)
Demonstratives (“pointing words”)
If you want to be more specific when talking, you can use the words núhu’ (this) and hínee (that):
Note in the last sentences that these words don’t change when the noun is made plural.
Exercize: Translate the following sentences into Arapaho:
1. This chair.
2. That table.
3. These bags.
4. Those pants.
5. This shoe and(“noh”) that shirt.
6. These tables and those papers.