i (Tok Pisin)

1. This word is used between two parts of a sentence, that is, between the subject of the sentence and what is said or asked about the subject (predicate)

  • San i lait.
    The sun shines.
  • Em i go.
    He, she, it goes.
  • Ol i go.
    They went.

2. This word is often used with these words: mipela, yupela, ken and laik

  • Mipela (i) go.
    We went.
  • Yupela i go.
    You go, you went.
  • Mi ken (i) go.
    I can go.
  • Em i ken (i) go.
    He can go.
  • Mipela (i) ken (i) go.
    We can go.
  • Ol i laik (i) go.
    They want to go.

3. ‘i’ is not used when the subject is the first or second person singular of the personal pronoun (mi, yu)

  • Mi go.
    I go.
  • Yu go.
    You (one person) go.

4. this word can mean is, are, was, were, will be, shall be, has been, have been

  • Bipo ol i bin pailot.
    Formerly they were pilots.
  • Dispela i dok bilong mi.
    This is my dog.
  • I stap i go.
    It doesn’t matter.
  • Sip i longpela.
    The ship is long.



FYI: PNG’s economy is dominated by two sectors: agriculture, forestry and fishing, which engages most of the labor force (the majority informally); and the extractives sector (oil and gas extraction; mining and quarrying), which accounts for the majority of export earnings. In 2016, PNG’s Gross Domestic Product (GDP) was PGK60,516.5 million.