Example 31-92

En fin, ago uji go nu sta dretu, nu ka sta pasa fomi.
En
at
fin,
least
ago
now
uji
today
go
now
nu
we
sta
are
dretu,
well
nu
we
ka
neg
sta
prog
pasa
endure
fomi.
hunger
At least nowadays, we are well, we are not enduring hunger.
Comment:
This example shows that in sta dretu, sta functions as a mere copula but in sta pasa fomi, it functions as a progressive marker. Hence, sta can be either a copula or a progressive marker in the language.
Type:
naturalistic spoken
Source:
Rocha, Belmira Coelho, p.c. (2000)