Occidental for English Speakers: Lesson 9

In the last lesson, we learned the words possibil and ínpossibil

The root of these words are poss.

The verb for to be able is posser.

So, "possible" in English means something like ableable; or canable.

1 translation: I am not able

Another way to translate posser is can.

If we want to say "I can’t eat" in Occidental, we would say "I not can to eat" or "I not able to eat".

2 translation: You can’t do it

Bring it together!

3 translation: I can’t sleep because I want to eat

4 translation: I will be able to do it, but not today

The English word "could" is tricky. Sometimes it means "was able" or "were able".

The word for to practice is practicar

Do you remember how to form the past tense of a verb?

5 translation: I could do it because I practiced

The word for tomorrow is deman

Think something like, "I demand that it be done tomorrow".

Sometimes "could" means something more like "would be able to".

6 translation: I wanted to do it yesterday

7 translation: I didn’t do it today

8 translation: I could do it tomorrow

The word for if is si

9 translation: I could do it today if you want

Answers to Lesson 9

1 answer: Yo ne posse
2 answer: Tu ne posse far it
3 answer: Yo ne posse dormir pro que yo vole manjar
4 answer: Yo va posser far it, ma ne hodie
5 answer: Yo posset far it pro que yo practicat
6 answer: Yo volet far it yer
7 answer: Yo ne fa it hodie
8 answer: Yo vell posser far it deman
9 answer: Yo vell posser far it hodie si tu vole