Example 31-31

Jisus ta bensua nha, ta kunpanha nha.
Jisus
Jesus
ta
mood
bensua
bless
nha,
you
ta
mood
kunpanha
accompany
nha.
you
May Jesus bless you and be with you.

Comment:
Nho/nha is pervasive among older speakers and is believed to be derived from sinhor 'Sir', sinhora 'Mrs'. Nowadays, sinhor/sinhora followed by the person's first name is used among younger speakers.
Type:
naturalistic spoken
Source:
Idilha Alves, p.c. (2000)