DSAE test file

ma-, prefix2

/ma/
A Sotho and seTswana plural noun prefix found in some words originating in these languages.
Note:
For examples, see kgotla, Lekgoa, makatane, Matabele. In Sotho and seTswana, the singular of words beginning ma- is formed by replacing this prefix with le- or by dropping the prefix. In South African English, this pattern is not always observed, and words in the plural forms are sometimes treated as singular nouns, an -s being added to form the English plural. See also le-.
A Sotho and seTswana plural noun prefix found in some words originating in these languages.