Euskara is fun!!: bait- & -bait
You already know that Euskara uses prefixes and suffixes to form words. But, sometimes, a prefix and a suffix are written the same way but of course have different meanings. That’s what happens with “bait”.
· BAIT- AS A PREFIX
It goes before auxiliary verbs and means “because”. Examples:
- Ezin dut ezer erosi denda guztiak itxita baitaude (bait+daude). ~~ I can’t buy anything because all the shops are closed.
- Irabazi dugu onenak baikara! (bait+gara) ~~ We won because we’re the best!
· -BAIT AS A SUFFIX
It goes after the interrogative pronouns and has the same meaning as prefix “some-” in English. Examples:
- Uste dut gizon hori nonbait (non+bait) ikusi dudala. ~~ I think I’ve seen that man somewhere.
- Norbait (nor+bait) sartu da etxean, dena nahasita dago! ~~ Someone entered the house, everything is upside down!