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6.3: Time Expressions

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    In Cambodian, verbs are not conjugated to indicate past or future. Time expressions such as M’səl-menh “Yesterday” and S’aek “Tomorrow” are used to indicate tenses. Another way to express past or future tense is to add “Mun” or “Kraoy“.



    Aa-dtet-mun= last week

    Khae-mun= last month

    Chnam-mun= last year


    Aa-dtet-kraoy = next week

    Khae-kraoy = next month

    Chnam-kraoy = next year

    Test Yourself

    Match English words to Khmer words:

    Query \(\PageIndex{1}\)

    Past Expressions

    We will be discussing the future tense and the related expressions in a future chapter.


    Listen to one of the Khmer pop songs by Sinn Sisamouth.

    After the listening, tell how many times of following words you can hear.
    1. M’səl-menh=Yesterday
    2. T’ngai-mun=Last time


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