There is another unusual object to get used to, and that is the PI.
All modifiers that follow a word refer to it following this pattern:
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Fortunately, it is possible to associate a modifier with another and make this new whole block apply to the prior one.
Let’s consider this segment :
As it stands, pona applies to mije, suli applies to mije pona and lili applies to mije pona suli. Which doesn’t mean much.
This is where pi comes in. It will allow us either to talk about a :
a. … good man that is a little short :
b. … short and very good man :
In (b), we can save a pi by reversing the blocks:
An other exemple:
That said, the use of pi is much more extensive. Until then, pi could have been translated as “and”. Here we can see it as a “of”:
. jan pi nasin lawa –> the politician
. ma tomo lawa pi ma Konko –> the capital of the Congo
. meili pi wile sona –> a woman of taste
. kulupu toki pi ken soweli –> a discussion group about animal’s rights
. jan pali pi len laso –> the waiter who is wearing a blue shirt
Another use of pi is to specify