Datapoint Guinea-Bissau Kriyol/Existential verb and transitive possession verb

The verb ten has an existential meaning, whereas tene expresses the idea of possession.

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Differentiation

Example 33-155:
I ten un minjer ki tene um fiju-femea.
I
3sg
ten
exist
un
one
minjer
woman
ki
who
tene
have
um
one
fiju-femea.
child-female
There’s a woman who has a daughter.
Portuguese: Há uma mulher que tem uma filha.
Example 33-154:
Djon tene un bisikleta.
Djon
John
tene
have
un
one
bisikleta.
bike
John has a bike.
Portuguese: O João tem uma bicicleta.

Source: Peck 1988: 36

Confidence:
Very certain