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many, a lot, more, much, several, very; quantity | ALT three (or more), 20

see also

wan, tu, ale

semantic space · lipamanka

there's an old running joke that I take with me everywhere: toki ponists can't tell apart numbers above two. Whenever one of my professors asks a question about "how many" of something there are, I always say "like three," wether that be tubes of paint or languages in the world or measures in a Bach chorale. mute doesn't specify a huge or small number. a few, several, a lot, and a ton are all mute. Usually in context, it's easy to tell these amounts apart. mute as a noun means "amount" and as a verb it can mean either "multiply" or "divide." If I cut a kili in pieces, now I have many kili, and if I cast a spell to multiply a kili into multiple kili, I have many kili, so either way it doesn't matter. Unless it does matter, in which case, ask yourself: why does it matter? The answer to that question will guide you on disambiguating efficiently. mute is used as a general intensifier too when modifying some sort of quality or another modifier.

ku translations

many100, much100, multiple100, plenty100, very93, lots92, several86, numerous80, various75, most70, quantity64, twenty59, fifty55, nine50, thousand50, majority48, incredibly45, million44, amount40, dozen40, fifteen40, twelve39, eight38, countless36, hundred36, billion35, frequent33, greatly33, highly32, mostly32, excessive31, exceed30, six30, deeply29, quite29, thirty29, trillion29, dose27, particularly27, increasingly26, ten26, extremely25

pu verbatim

ADJECTIVE many, a lot, more, much, several, very

NOUN quantity


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found in pu

coined pre-pu


Esperanto · multe ‘a lot’

Latin · multus ‘a lot’

coined by jan Sonja

sitelen pona


ideogram consisting of three tally marks. compare wan and tu

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mute sitelen sitelen

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