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Q&A When does "me-" go on verbs?

1 answer  ·  posted 2mo ago by General Sebast1an‭  ·  last activity 23h ago by General Sebast1an‭

Question Indonesian verb
#3: Post edited by user avatar General Sebast1an‭ · 2022-07-25T04:00:52Z (2 months ago)
  • So I started learning Indonesian through a Duolingo course for 2 weeks now, and I've gotten to the "Me- Verbs" part as I'm writing this question.
  • I have already learned a few verbs from past lessons such as "makan" ("eat") and "minum" ("drink"), but what got me curious is that "memakan" and "meminum" exists. They still mean the same word, but I don't get why "me-" is there in the first place.
  • **Question**: When does an existing verb use "me-" as a prefix if they can just not use it?
  • So I started learning Indonesian through a Duolingo course for 2 weeks now, and I've gotten to the "Me- Verbs" part as I'm writing this question.
  • I have already learned a few verbs from past lessons such as "makan" ("eat"), "minum" ("drink") and "pesan" (order), but what got me curious is that "memakan", "meminum" and "memesan" exists. They still mean the same word, but I don't get why "me-" is there in the first place.
  • **Question**: When does an existing verb use "me-" as a prefix if they can just not use it?
#2: Nominated for promotion by user avatar Moshi‭ · 2022-07-24T03:25:28Z (2 months ago)
#1: Initial revision by user avatar General Sebast1an‭ · 2022-07-24T03:08:08Z (2 months ago)
When does "me-" go on verbs?
So I started learning Indonesian through a Duolingo course for 2 weeks now, and I've gotten to the "Me- Verbs" part as I'm writing this question.

I have already learned a few verbs from past lessons such as "makan" ("eat") and "minum" ("drink"), but what got me curious is that "memakan" and "meminum" exists. They still mean the same word, but I don't get why "me-" is there in the first place.

**Question**: When does an existing verb use "me-" as a prefix if they can just not use it?