Hausa Past

This is a list of verbs in the past tense in Hausa. First let's start with the raw format before conjugating the verbs to the past form. Make sure to compare this table and the one below it.

To see: gani
To write: rubutawa
To love: so / soyayya / ƙauna
To give: bayarwa
To play: wasa
To read: karantawa
To understand: fahimta or ganewa
To have: mallaka or samu
To know: sani
To learn: koyo
To think: tunani
To work: aiki
To speak: magana
To drive: tuƙawa
To smile: yin murmushi
To find: ganowa / samowa

These samples show how the verbs above are conjugated in the past tense in a sentence which includes all the object pronouns (I, you, she...).

I saw you: Na ganka
I wrote with a pen: Na yi rubutu da alƙalami
You loved apples: Ka so tuffa
You gave money: Ka / kin bayarda kuɗi
You played tennis: Kun yi wasan tenis
He read (past) a book: Ya karanta littafi
He understood me: Ya fahimce ni
She had a cat: Tana da mage
She knew my friend: Ta san abokina / ƙawata
We wanted to learn: Mun so mu koya
We thought Spanish is easy: Mun yi tunanin cewa Spaniyanci yana da sauƙi
You (plural) worked here: Kun yi aiki a nan
You (plural) spoke French: Kun iya Faransanci
They drove a car: Sun tuƙa mota
They smiled: Sun yi murmushi

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