1. This word is used between two parts of a sentence, that is, between the subject of the sentence and what is said or asked about the subject (predicate)

  • san i lait.
    the sun shines.
  • em i go.
    he, she, it goes.
  • ol i go.
    they went.

2. This word is often used with these words: mipela, yupela, ken and laik

  • mipela (i) go.
    we went.
  • yupela i go.
    you go, you went.
  • mi ken (i) go.
    I can go.
  • em i ken (i) go.
    he can go.
  • mipela (i) ken (i) go.
    we can go.
  • ol i laik (i) go.
    they want to go.

3. ‘i’ is not used when the subject is the first or second person singular of the personal pronoun (mi, yu)

  • mi go.
    I go.
  • yu go.
    you (one person) go.

4. this word can mean is, are, was, were, will be, shall be, has been, have been

  • bipo ol i bin pailot.
    formerly they were pilots.
  • dispela i dok bilong mi.
    this is my dog.
  • i stap i go.
    it doesn’t matter.
  • sip i longpela.
    the ship is long.