<< Vocabulary

Primal > Tutorial > Vocabulary > Essential Words

Common Words >>

Essential Words

This first builder is short, but useful.  It lists and describes the twenty most essential nouns and verbs in Primal.

The Twenty Most Essential Nouns

Noun Pronounced Meaning Description
Du (dzuh) thing Object, thing, stuff, or noun.  The "generic" noun.
Wr (wur) yes Affirmative, correct, or "yes".
RuH (ruhkhh) no Negative, incorrect, or "no".
Dr (dzur) place Location or place.
fr (fur) person A person (a sapient being).
qe (theh) time The dimension of time.
zZn (ziin) full-day A twenty-four hour day (one day and one night).
fam (fam) year A year.
mGm (mohlm) piece A select piece, part, or portion of something.
xA (shal) water Water, the stuff of life.
vak (vak) name A name, label, or identifier.
DOx (dzallsh) work Work.  Stuff we do that requires effort.
vU (vul) number The concept of "number", for counting.
nU (nul) amount The concept of "amount", for measuring.
DVT (dzeerts) quality The concept of "quality", for comparison.
mBp (moip) home The primary place where one sleeps and relaxes.
jGf (chohlf) newness The state of being "new" or "fresh".
ziT (zihts) word A complete word (not just a syllable).
kaN (kang) animal An animal; like a clam, a horse, or a human being.
mr (mur) pleasure Fun, pleasure, or joy.

The Twenty Most Essential Verbs

The direct object of each verb is given in italics.

Verb Pronounced Meaning Description
,ly (lee) do To do or be something.  The "generic" verb.
,lr (lur) talk To talk or say something.
prk (purk) write To write or print something (with words).
Xw (zhooh) create To make or create.  To bring something into being.
xw (shooh) become To change, to become something.
xr (shur) see To look at or see something.
kFn (kayn) know-about To know about something (factual knowledge).
vy (vee) think To think something (cogitation).
qON (thallng) enjoy To enjoy or like something.
pwx (poohsh) move-go To move oneself, or to move an object.1
WP (wair) move-like To move oneself in a particular manner.2
nBf (noif) locate To find, locate, or reach something sought.
pZ (pii) remain To remain, stay, or keep oneself in a certain manner.3
Xwx (zhoohsh) sustain To live, survive, or sustain oneself or something else.4
zO (zall) use To use or operate something.
kam (kam) help To assist, aid, or help with something.5
mSz (marz) take To claim or take possession of something.
naj (nach) put To put something into place.
,lux (luhsh) give To give or send something.
,lgm (lohwm) sell To sell something.

A few notes are necessary:

  1. The verb pwx (poohsh, "move-go") takes as its direct object the thing that is moved.  In absence of a direct object, oneself (the subject) is sometimes assumed.  This verb describes general motion from one place to another place, and is the more common of the two "move" verbs.  Words like "come" and "go" are usually expressed with pwx (poohsh, "move-go"), using different prepositions to describe the source and target of the motion.  Primal words that appear to be variations of pwx (poohsh, "move-go"), like JET (jelts, "approach"), often have unexpected meanings and should be avoided when pwx (poohsh, "move-go") will do.

  2. The verb WP (wair, "move-like") always assumes oneself (the subject) is the object being moved.  Its direct object is the style of movement.  This verb describes how something is moving around, and is most often used to describe whether something is running, walking, flying, crawling, or moving in some other way.  It is sometimes used to describe the act of "moving around" in a more general sense.

  3. The verb pZ (pii, "remain") always assumes oneself (the subject) is the object affected.  Its direct object is the way that the subject is staying the same, such as in location ("stay there").

  4. The verb Xwx (zhoosh, "sustain") takes as its direct object the thing that is being sustained.  In absence of a direct object, oneself (the subject) is sometimes assumed.  This verb refers specifically to the maintenance of life or other vital processes needed to keep the object functioning.

  5. The verb kam (kam, "help") takes the thing being helped with as a direct object.  The person or thing being helped is described using a pw (pooh, "to-target") phrase.

<< Vocabulary

Primal > Tutorial > Vocabulary > Essential Words

Common Words >>