General Guide to aUI

On this page, you will find some examples of basic combinations of the aUI “alphabet,” including basic verbs and sentences, as well as some general rules for using the language.  Read through and learn how meaning is created in aUI.

Basic Combinations

avav = Space-Action, -verb = to goAvAv = Time-verb = to last
evev = Movement-Action, -verb = to moveEvEv = Matter-Action, -verb = to do
iviv = Light-Action, -verb = to shineIVlv = Sound-Action, -verb = to sound
ovov = Life-Action, -verb = to livecEvcEv = Existence-Matter-verb = to be, is
OvOv = Feeling-verb = to feelUvUv = Mind-Do, -verb = to think
Verbs end in “-v” (-do, activity) for active verbs, and end in “-Yv” (opposite of active, passive) for passive verbs.
(Note: starred* combinations of these very simple forms have additional, more exact variants.)
avav = to goevev = to moveiviv = to shineuvuv- = human-made (prefix)ovov = to live
bavbav = to havedevdev = to pass (by)divdiv = to clearbovbov
davdav = to travelfevfev = to takemivmiv = to colordovdov
gavgav = to containgevgev = to enter*nivniv = to shinerovrov
havhav = to seek*kevkev = to soarpivpiv = to glisten*vovvov
kavkav = to standLevLev = to turnrivriv = to gleamyovyov
navnav = to run*nevnev = to hurry*tivtiv = to brighten
pavpav = to precedepevpev = to startvivviv = to turn on light, illuminate
savsav = to putrevrev = to function (move well)yivyiv = to darken*
vavvav = to send (make go)sevsev = to give*
wavwav = can* (be able, have the Power-Space) tevtev = to come
zavzav = to separatevevvev = to drive (make move)
yevyev = to stop
vAvvAv = to preserveEvEv = to doIvlv = to soundUvUv = to thinkOvOv = to feelQvQv = to be under conditions
tAvtAv = to remaincEvcEv = to beIOvIOv = to hearbUvbUv = to communebOvbOv = to sympathizebQvbQv = to connect
rAvrAv = to time welldEvdEv = to usehIvhlv = to askcUvcUv = to be, mentallycOvcOv = to sensecQvcQv = to be, conditionally
bAvbAv = to keepgEvgEv = to fillnIvnlv = to shoutgUvgUv = to knowgOvgOv = to tastedQvdQv = to mediate
AvAv = to lastjEvjEv = to drink*rIvrlv = to sing*hUvhUv = to wonderhOvhOv = to doubtmQvmQv = to define
nEvnEv = to augment*vIvvlv = to make soundiUviUv= to understandiOviOv = to seewQvwQv = to be able to, can, have Power & Conditions to Act
tEvtEv = to becomewIvwlv = to roarjUvjUv = to equaljOvjOv = to resemblevQvvQv = to condition
vEvvEv = to makeLUvLUv = to considerkOvkOv = to feel highwQvwQv = to must, be passive to a Power
zEvzEv = to splitmUvmUv = to describenOvnOv = to feel ardor*
rUvrUv = to do goodpOvpOv = to expect
sUvsUv = to realize*rOvrOv = to feel good
tUvtUv = to strivetOvtOv = to wish
vUvvUv = to actvOvvOv = to impress*
wUvwUv = to createwOvwOv = to feel power, may
zUvzUv = to divide
aSpace is the Place
eda cEv da ad a.u ov ag ga ag uga.
eda cEv da ad a.u ov ag ga ag uga.
Road is way through space.Human lives in [a] room in [the] house.
fE Es cEv bam fu, fu bav sE.fnu av tab at fum uga.
fE Es cEv bam fu, fu bav sE.fnu av tab at fum uga.
This thing is near me; I have it.We go together to my house.
fu vav nam vas at bum uga ybam ayt.1na cEv n1 na; 2na cEv n2 na.
fu vav nam vas at bum uga ybam ayt.ana cEv na na; ena cEv ne na.
I send big parcel to your house far away.Length is first dimension; flatness is second dimension.
eMoving Along
u ev ad a ag ged.fA u cEv nem eos.
u ev ad a ag ged.fA u cEv nem eos.
Human moves through space in [a] vehicle.Now human is [a] fast animal.
fE des vEv ged ev.bu wav nemQ vev bum ged at yo, hI?
fE des vEv ged ev.bu wav nemQ vev bum ged at yo, hI?
This machine makes vehicle move.You can fast drive your vehicle to death, eh?
fnu wav adev ag nEn ged: uged, aged, jEged, Ib kEged.fu ynemQ skev ed ynam 1te nEn es ag fum stag.
fnu wav adev ag nEn ged: uged, aged, jEged, Ib kEged.fu ynemQ skev ed ynam 1te nEn es ag fum stag.
We can travel in many vehicles: cars, space-ships, boats, and airplanes.I slowly carry with (by means of) small steps many things in my bag.
iLight is Bright
u iOv im nim iv.
u iOv im nim iv.
Human sees bright light.Star brilliantly shines.
aki viv eki: eki iv Ag yiA.iE cEv iEm.
aki viv eki: eki iv Ag yiA.iE cEv iEm.
Sun illuminates moon: moon shines during night.Fire is hot.
xQ aki iv, kan cEv dim.can i mi tab vEv bim i.
xQ aki iv, kan cEv dim.can i mi tab vEv bim i.
If sun shines, sky is clear.All light colors together make white light.
uWe Humans
fu iOv bu.fnu ov ag uga.
fu iOv bu.fnu ov ag uga.
I see you.We live in house.
bu cEv rUm at fu; bu cEv fum bru.fE tonvu Ib fE gomLu cEv ytu Ub fE tu.
bu cEv rUm at fu; bu cEv fum bru.fE tonvu Ib fE gomLu cEv ytu Ub fE tu.
You are good to me; you are my friend.This man and this woman are parents of this child.
u ov tab ag ub, Ib nEn ub ov tab bag nuba.fum bovu, tontvu, Ib gomtLu ov ag fum ub.
u ov tab ag ub, Ib nEn ub ov tab bag nuba.fum bovu, tontvu, Ib gomtLu ov ag fum ub.
Humans live together in families, and many families live together within town.My spouse, son, and daughter live in my family.
oLiving Life
os dov cOv i.
os dov cOv i.
Living things eat food.Plants sense light.
ubos ov eb u.fu dov rom od rUt ro Ub fum og.
ubos ov eb u.fu dov rom od rUt ro Ub fum og.
Domestic animals live with humans .I eat healthy food for health of my body.
AFather Time
im A cEv iA.yim A cEv yiA.
im A cEv iA.yim A cEv yiA.
Light time is day.Dark time is night.
hE cEv A Ub iA?fu tiOv at Ad Ib UIv 3 Ud Ad.
hE cEv A Ub iA?fu tiOv at Ad Ib UIv 3 Ud Ad.
What is time of day?I look at clock and say three o(f) clock.
pI pA cEpAv pfiA; pI tA cEv fiAt.pfA fu cEpAv fAom; fA fu cEv pAom.
pI pA cEpAv pfiA; pI tA cEv fiAt.pfA fu cEpAv fAom; fA fu cEv pAom.
The past was yesterday; the future is tomorrow.Then I was young; now I am old.
EBrickstones of Matter
fu okEv kEn.fu ojEv jEn.
fu okEv kEn.fu ojEv jEn.
I breathe air.I drink water.
bEn cEv bEm; fnu ov kab bEm bEn.wEn cEv wEm; bEk gav nE wEn.
bEn cEv bEm; fnu ov kab bEm bEn.wEn cEv wEm; bEk gav nE wEn.
Earth is solid; we live on solid earth.Rock is hard; mountain contains much rock.
yI gyE cEv as xa pfa YcEv E; fnu vEv kwE Ud nEn wEn kam.fnum Eca gav can Ez Ub Eo kab fE bEn.
yI gyE cEv as xa pfa YcEv E; fnu vEv kwE Ud nEn wEz kam.fnum Eca gav can Ez Ub Eo kab fE bEn.
A hole is (a) place where there is no matter; we make (a) wall by means of many stones high.Our world contains all elements of nature on this earth.
ISound Wave
kEn Ib jEn cEv do.U Iv ad UI.
kEn Ib jEn cEv do.U Iv ad UI.
Air and water are means-of-life.Mind sounds through word[s].
bu UIv hEm nUI, hI?bu vEv rI gaf yrI?
bu UIv hEm nUI, hI?bu vEv rI gaf yrI?
You speak which language, eh?You make good-sound (song) or noise?
tIOI! bu wav IOv fum nIm uI Qg fu unIv, hI?fu tUIv un fum fUI ad pI yba-uI Ib yba-I.
tIOI! bu wav IOv fum nIm uI Qg fu unIv, hI?fu tUIv un fum fUI ad pI yba-uI Ib yba-I.
Hello! You can hear my loud voice if I shout, eh?I tell people my name through the telephone and radio.
UMind and Spirit
u Uv Ib UIv Ud nUI.u gUv Ud gUw.
u Uv Ib UIv Ud nUI.u gUv Ud gUw.
Humans think and speak through language.Humans know through science.
fu gUv bum fUI.bu iUv fu, fUd fnu Ov Ug brU.
fu gUv bum fUI.bu iUv fu, fUd fnu Ov Ug brU.
I know your name.You understand me, so we feel at peace.
Qg fu etgUv nE ag gUa, fu retgUv Ib AgUv gU, xE fum vetgUvu vetgUv.fu wyv UiOv nE Ut iUv pI EjU.
Qg fu etgUv nE ag gUa, fu retgUv Ib AgUv gU, xE fum vetgUvu vetgUv.fu wyv UiOv nE Ut iUv pI EjU.
If I study much in school, I learn and remember knowledge, which my teacher teaches.I must read much in order to understand the truth.
OOh, Feelings
xA fu Ov eb bu, fu Ov bO.xA fu Ap cOv, fu pOv.
xA fu Ov eb bu, fu Ov bO.fu IOv bu Ib Ov rO. xA fu Ov Ap, fu pOv.
When I feel with you, I feel sympathy.When I feel before, I anticipate.
fE tonvu iOv gomLu Ib cOv IOv Lu urIv Ib Ov brO.
fE tonvu iOv gomLu Ib cOv IOv Lu urIv Ib Ov brO.
This man sees woman and senses beauty.He hears her sing and feels affection.
bu Ov hUm fiA, krOm Ib UrOm, gaf UyrOm Ib ykyrOm?fu Ov trO Ib rUO ag bu, Qg bu UIv EjU.
bu Ov hUm fiA, krOm Ib UrOm, gaf UyrOm Ib ykyrOm?fu Ov trO Ib rUO ag bu, Qg bu UIv EjU.
You feel how today, joyous and happy, or depressed?I feel hope and trust in you if you speak truth.
QConditional If
Qg bu iOv i, bu cOv i.Qg bu IOv I, bu cOv I.
Qg bu iOv i, bu cOv i.Qg bu IOv I, bu cOv I.
If you see light, you sense light.If you hear sound, you sense sound.
Qg bu bav wU Ib Q, bu wQv Ev nEn Es.bu wQv cEv nEm vem Qg bu Ov rom Ib wom.
Qg bu bav wU Ib Q, bu wQv Ev nEn Es.bu wQv cEv nEm vem Qg bu Ov rom Ib wom.
If you have (the) power and conditions, you can do many things.You can be very active if you feel healthy and strong.
YNegating No
yrUm ycEv rUm.yk ycEv ak.
yrUm ycEv rUm.yk ycEv ak.
Bad is not good.Below is not above.
xA fum og adev Yb ged, fu wYv ogav kab fum oged.hE tev na, kEbos gaf oYt? iod gaf to...iod gaf to?
xA fum og adev Yb ged, fu wYv ogav kab fum oged.hE tev na, kEbos gaf oYt? iod gaf to...iod gaf to?
When my body travels without vehicle, I must walk on my legs.What comes first, chicken or egg...vegetable or seed?
yr, fu yc tOv nyz Es.fu av yb bu, yd can yfu.
yr, fu yc tOv nyz Es.fu av yb bu, yd can yfu.
No, I not want whole thing.I go without you, against all others.


There is no “formal” grammar since all the elements still retain their original meaning.
The rule is: we talk “as clear as we must, as short as we can.”

In creating combinations, we generally try to find the necessary and sufficient characteristics in a nutshell. This means we are looking for as many elements as we need to identify the word — but only as many as will distinguish it from other related words. What is the bare minimum of elements that are contained in this word? Which elements identify its essence – its basic, fundamental meaning? If the existing formulation doesn’t seem precise enough to our exacting sensibilities, we can add a symbol or a few more to fit the context.

For instance the original word for ‘drink’ (verb) is jEv jEv [liquid-Action/Verb ending] – perhaps the most common and relevant action humans do with a liquid. To make it more precise we can add to it:

jEt-gev jEt-gev [liquid-Toward-Inside-move];

or: jEt-gov jEt-gov [liquid-Toward-Inside-Life-Action];

or: jE-togev jE-togev [liquid-Toward-body-move] which might be translated into a fancier term like imbibe.

So there are always several possibilities, depending on how exacting one wants to be. However, one also needs to consider pronounceability – sometimes the order of the elements needs to be adjusted to make pronunciation easier. If the word is used often, we may end up abbreviating it again to the shorter version. The minimalistic versions of word formulations could actually be considered informal speech or slang!

The end of the word is what it ultimately is: a dog-house is a kind of house, but a house-dog is a kind of dog. The best way to learn about word formulation is to familiarize yourself with the existing vocabulary first.

[For future completion: Go Into the Wordy Woods for a fun trail that leads to an ever developing semantic tree and see how far you can help it grow!]

Complete Grammar

Based on aUI, The Language of Space, 4th ed., 1979*, pp. 42-50D.

*(Pages cited herein are from the aUI book, and I have noted a few changes with my initials, awp. Summary translations of aUI formulations are given in brackets, with aUI elements capitalized.

In a sense, there is no fully formal grammar in aUI, since any affixes (prefixes & suffixes) themselves still retain their original meaning. There are standard affixes that are patterned after English to show verb tense (time), and a few that add special meaning, but none for person or plural.

Abstract/Conceptual: -U, -Uz, -Ø 

end either in -U, Mind or -Uz, Mind-Part (concept) when making a concept out of a single element, e.g. n-Uz [Quantity concept], the idea of Quantity in the abstract; or -Ø, Condition, which can form an abstract noun from an adjective (-mØ) or verb (-vØ; see Gerund). These describe words that are of a conceptual, mental (U, U: Mind) nature or a conditional (Q,Ø: Condition) state (in contrast to those with concrete (s, s: Thing) or material (E, E: Matter) components). In English this is designated by adjective endings such as -ness, -ty, -th, -hood, and -tude, e.g. kam [high], kamU or kamØ [height, highness]. If derived from verbs, endings such as -ion are used, e.g. vOv [to impress], vOvU or vOvØ [impression] (p. 42, awp)



Most accent is given to the Nasals, which are the number elements, as in: nâkiA [summer]; in their Roman transcription they have a caret over the vowel (except in platforms where this is not available, so the numeral is used).

  • The secondary accent falls on the long, capital vowels, such as iA [day].
  • Third accent is on the next-to-the-last (penultimate) syllable, such as uga [house] (the syllable which starts a two-syllable word), or in kam-uga [high-house] (the middle of a three syllable word).

Distinguish: io [plant], iO [sight], IO (hearing).

  • In verbs, the stem vowel keeps a melodic accent, however in Past and Future the long ‘-pA-’ & ‘-tA-’ endings compete: ov [to live] becomes o-pAv [lived] with a higher tone on the o; likewise te-vAm [coming] with a higher tone on e.
  • When a word contains both LONG and nasal vowels, the nasal gets the accent: âkiA [year]; Ezê [Helium].



As modifiers or qualifiers of nouns and verbs, both adjectives and adverbs end in -m Quality (corresponding to English -ly, -ious, -y, -al, -ary): o Life, om [alive]; a Space, am [spatial]; A, Time, Am [temporal(ly]. Modifiers usually precede their words modified: adjectives stand immediately before their nouns, as do adverbs before their verbs. A few adverbs end in g Inside (containing): rUg [well], g [luckily, in luck].

Note: Using – to clarify an adverb was an idea of Weilgart’s daughter at a young age, but is no longer considered necessary, since it can be confused with its use as an ending for a conditional state (see Abstract/Conceptual).


Adjectives/Adverbs: -m

As modifiers or qualifiers of nouns and verbs, both adjectives and adverbs end in -m Quality (corresponding to English -ly, -ious, -y, -al, -ary): o Life, om [alive]; a Space, am [spatial]; A, Time, Am [temporal(ly]. Modifiers usually precede their words modified: adjectives stand immediately before their nouns, as do adverbs before their verbs. A few adverbs end in -g Inside (containing): rUg [well], rØg [luckily, in luck].

Note: Using -mØ to clarify an adverb was an idea of Weilgart’s daughter at a young age, but is no longer considered necessary, since it can be confused with its use as an ending for a conditional state (see Abstract/Conceptual).


Agent: -vu

An agent is the person or object that causes an Action (in English -er or -or as in farmer, giver, traveller, sender, creator): vav [to send], vavu [sender]. In some cases u can replace the former noun ending: odva [farm], odvu [farmer].


Articles: yI, yIn, pI, pIn

 are the little ‘particles’ that precede a noun, either introducing it for the first time (a, an…) or referring to it after it’s been mentioned once (the…). aUI does not insist on the use of articles; they can be replaced by ‘one’ â, or ‘this’ fE, or plural ‘these’ fEn and ‘many’ nEn. English itself makes little difference between: “A dog is a man’s best friend” or: “Dog is man’s best friend” or: “The dog is the best friend of man” or: “Dogs are men’s friends”. aUI omits such articles. But in a story like, “Once upon a time, there was a princess. The princess loved to play with a golden ball. One day the ball fell into a well. The well was very deep…”, the first time a subject is mentioned it has not been spoken of or ‘sounded’ before; then, the times thereafter, ‘the’ means ‘the previously mentioned subject’. So a/an can be designated by yI [Un-Sounded], a/an plural (several) as yIn; the as pI [Before-Sounded], the plural as pIn. pIs [the Before-Sounded-Thing] can be used as a variation for ‘it’, originally given as sE [Thing-Material].



are used in transcribing the long (in the time held) vowels AEIUO. Capital consonants are used for proper names and words borrowed from other languages into aUI: Lincoln becomes “LiNKoLN” (names are spelled phonetically as pronounced in aUI); if written in symbols they are underlined, and do not need to be stacked (written on one level).



Word order mostly shows the relationship between words in a sentence. There are generally no special endings or forms to show such case relationships. Possessive (genitive) is indicated by Ub [of] as in “Ugs Ub vetgUvu” [(the) book of (the) teacher]. An indirect object (dative) is indicated by at [to] at the end, as in “fu sev Ugs at vetgUvu” [I give (the) book to (the) teacher].


Causatives: see Verbs


Command/Imperative: see Verbs


Comparison: nE, nEk, pnEk, mYt

nE [much]; nEk [much-Above, super-much: more]; pnEk [Before-more: most]. These are used for all adjectives and adverbs, nouns and verbs. mYt [Quality-from: than] is the level from which the Quality is compared and measured. “vu’c nEk tonvomu mYt u” [He is more (of a) male than (a) man…(rather a he-man than a human)].


Future: see Verb tense



Nouns are not assigned gender.

Generally accepted formulations to distinguish male and female seem to be some of the most difficult to create in aUI – what essential difference defines maleness and femaleness other than biological sex differences? Originally Weilgart used vus [man] and Yvus [woman] (Active sperm vs. conceptive, more passive ovum; –s indicates concreteness). An alternative for female he suggested was L, Rounded, for the more characteristically rounded features of the female body.

So the following formulations are more specific to the biological sex difference, and added only a few more symbols – not only for their meaning, but also for their shape:

gomLu [Inside-Life-Quality-Rounded-Human: woman]: Quality’s shape of an open vessel is an ancient way to depict the feminine; the shape of Inside and the Roundedness symbol not only represent the egg as well as other curvaceous body shapes, but also the potential of carrying life within a body (the empty circle within a circle).

tonvu [Many-seed-Make-Human: man]: Sperm is active; the angular Action and Quantity signs represent masculinity.

These formulations still allow their original abbreviations of Lu and vu to function as she and he. On the other hand, easiest is to avoid gender designation altogether, and use cu [Exist-Human] for he/she. Transgender could be specified as tYfe-voz-mu [Toward-other-Move-sex-Quality-Human]; cis-gender: toe-voz-mu [birth-sex-Quality-Human]; transman: tYfe-tonvu [Toward-other-Move-man]; transwoman: tYfe-gomLu [Toward-other-Move-woman] (p. 44, awp).


Gerund: -vØ

 A gerund is a verbal noun – a noun derived from a verb – in English ending in -ing (but not the adjectival -ing; see Participle). So in aUI the Ø is added to the verb ending: “nevØ Ec vrom” [running is healthy = to run is healthy = a run is healthy]. Further examples: “Rolling stones gather no moss” (adjectival participle, LeL-vAm) vs. “Rolling stones is fun.” (LeLvØ); “The interesting man made us laugh” (adjectival participle, OtgU-vAm) vs. “Interesting kids to learn is motivational” (vOtgUvØ – which also adds the causative prefix v.)


Hyphen: —

The hyphen in aUI is a short, raised arch, so as not to be confused with Negation. It is used for clarity, both to separate and join basic roots within a compound formulation. This is especially important when coining new compounds, so symbols that belong together are read that way. The hyphen can be used to indicate the possessive, instead of Ub [of]: u-ca [human-world] = human’s world = ca Ub u [(the) world of (hu)man].



Can be clarified by at [to]: nu pev (at) urIv [they started (to) sing]. Ut [Mentally, in order to] could also be used (p. 45. awp)


Invectives: Yr-

Are insulting and abusive words or language. In aUI they start explicitly with Yr– [bad]. This opens them up to possible question, “why are they inherently bad?”. Invective labels are less likely to be questioned because the label makes them bad by implicit definition.

Examples:  ‘chicken’: Yr-Yb-wOmu [bad-without-courage-Person]; ‘vermin’: Yr-Ynubos-u; ‘geek’: Yr-ta-bwU-dvUm-u [bad-focus-technical-Person]; ‘nerd’: Yr-Yg-brunam-nidUmu [bad-outside-social-intelligent-Person] (these definitions may need to be adjusted).



Metric units are preferred. âna-ân [length-unit: meter]; E-ân [Matter-unit].


Negation: y, Y

Like any modifier, Negation precedes the negated; the bar covers what is denied or opposed: Yc [(is) not]; Y-iOm [Non-seeing] = iyOm [Light-Nonsensing]: blind. But yi-Om would mean darkness-sensing.

Negation transcribed in lowercase represents a semi-vowel /j/, and is pronounced as in English ‘you’ in front of a vowel: yi [shade], yum [inhuman]. But in front of a consonant, the Y is capitalized and represents a vowel /y/: Ytu [parent]; aYt [off] – tying the word together but keeping the a and Yt distinct. So in a way, Negation is also pronounced in opposition to what follows it, vowel or consonant.



are basic words for things that can be seen (person, place, or thing). The main vowels are nouns. Nouns ending in s are concrete and can be formed from more abstract nouns: o [Life], os [Life-Thing/Concrete: an actual living thing (general word for animal)]. Nouns ending in U are conceptual or abstract (opposite of concrete): yIU [Non-Sound-Concept: silence]. However, these endings are not always necessary.



The usual Arabic numerals are used for aUI figure symbols, and correspond phonetically to the order of the vowels, except that they are nasalized (with a pinched or wrinkled nose). As Roman letters, they are underlined:

0, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5;                  6, 7, 8, 9, 10

Ŷ, â, ê, î, û, ô;                   Â, Ê, Î, Û, Ô

Ordinal numbers: first = , [Number-One], second = ,…nÔkê [100th].

In aUI multiplication, if factors sound alike, their product has the same ending quality:

(A means ‘times’; j means ‘equals’; neb means ‘plus’)

2 x 6 = 12 sounds: ê A  j Ôê                3 x 9 = 27 sounds: î A Û j êÊ

7 x 6 = 42 sounds: Ê A Â j ûÔê              8 x 4 = 32 sounds: Î A û j îê

8 + 5 = 13 sounds: Î neb ô j Ôî : adding 5 changes length but not quality of î (Î).

(A multiplication table can be drawn in red (for 1&6), yellow (2&7), green (3&8), blue (4&9), violet (5&10), writing 1 through 10 in both the first row and left column, and having their products form the body of this multiplication square.)

Being so short, the numeral nasals are used within words:

Colors: âim [First-Light-Quality: red], êim [yellow], îim [green], ûim [blue], ôim [violet]

If color difference is considered solely a quantitative difference in wavelength, perhaps more correct would be nâi, nêi, nîi, nûi, nôi [Quantity-One-Light] or [first-Light] of the rainbow (p. 46, awp).

Stars: âki [First-star: sun], êki [moon]

Dimensions: âna [First-dimension: length], êna [flatness, plane], îna [Third-dimension]

As in the Roman numeral system:

Additions of tens are put after: 13 = 10 + 3 = ten-three Ôî

Multiplications are put before: 50 = 5 x 10 = five-ten ôÔ.

23 = 2 x 10 + 3 = two-ten-three = êÔî, or simply 2,3 êî.

Powers of ten use simply the number of zeros as exponent, with k, Above, High: 109 [one billion] = ÔkÛ “ten-high-nine” (as expressed in German).

1492 sounds either short: âûÛê, or longer: Ôkî–û-Ôkê–Û-Ô–ê (which is still shorter than “thousand-four-hundred-ninety-two”; Ôû-ÛÔ-ê “fourteen-ninety-two” is also possible (p. 46, awp).

Plus = neb [Quantity-Move-Together] or Ib [and]; minus = nYt [Quantity-from]; times = A [Time]; divided by = zE-pAm Ud [split by]; one-half = âzvê [One-Part-Make-Two]; four-fifth = ûzvô [Four-Parts-Make-Five].

For clarification in pronouncing numbers, say when listing off a longer number over the phone, the book suggests number words that contain as many letters as the number represents: â =1, = 2, cîc = 3, drûd = 4, frônf = 5; the numbers above five are then are said with exaggerated long vowels: Â, , cÎc, drÛd, frÔnf (or Ôkâ = 101).


Participles: see Verbs


Plural: -n, (if necessary)

Except in mass nouns, the plural is usually omitted or replaced by ‘many’, nEn, or a specific number (such as ê gaf î, [two or three]. Even in English the plural is sometimes not indicated (many sheep, instead of sheeps). If needed, the plural is expressed by the preceding article ending in n [Quantity]:

pIn [the, plural],  pIn rUm [the good (ones)]; yIn [a, plural: several], yIn u [several people].

fEn [these]; pfEn [those].

Pronouns are inserted with –n-: fnu [we]; bnu [you all]; nu [they]; snE [they].

Plural possessive pronouns become: fnum [our]; bnum [your, plural]; num [their].

pIn fnum bru bav nEn Ugs; fnu UiOv snE*.” [Our friends have many books; we read them.] “yIn fnum bru” [some (of) our friends]. The noun itself stays the same, as does the verb.*Alternate form: pIns [the many Things].

Mass (collective) nouns include the –n, usually at the end: jEn [water]; un [people]; En [mass], kion [forest].


Pronoun: fu, bu, Lu/vu/cu (see Prounoun chart for complete list)

fu [This-Human] I; bu [Together-Human] (the one you are Together with). See Gender for further explanation of Lu [Rounded-Human] she; vu [Active sperm-Human] he; unspecified gender cu [Existing-Human] s/he.

Plural is made with –n-, as shown under Plural.

Possessive is made with –m, Qualified.

Mine, yours, and theirs is preceded by pI (singular) or pIn (plural): pI fum, pI bum, pI num. fE’c pI bum [This is yours]; fEn’c pIn bum [These are yours]; fEn’c pIn num [These are theirs].

For he, she, or it when referring to living things, vo, Lo, and co or so can be used; similarly adapted are the plural and possessive forms.

Relative pronouns are types of pronouns that connect a relative clause to the main clause of a sentence – in order to clarify who or what a sentence is talking about or to give extra information about it (“the person, who wrote this letter”: ‘u, xu vUiO-pAv fE vaUs’). They ‘relate’ one part of a sentence to the other, or are related to the subject of the sentence. As in direct questions, no inversion is necessary.

“The person whom I saw is my friend” = “The person – I saw him – is my friend” becomes “The person, I saw whom, is my friend” ‘u, fu iO-pAv xu, Ec fum bru.’

Another possibility, mentioned on p. 49, is to introduce the relative clause with [Relation-Condition: ‘where’]: “The man, whom I showed you, was my brother” pI u, xØ fu viO-pAv xu at bu, pAc fum jYtvu’ or “The man, where I showed whom to you,…(But if this seems too awkward, the former inverted form is also permissible. p. 49, awp)


who, whom                           xu

whose                                   xum

what, which                           xE

where                                    xa

whither                                  xat

whence                                  xYt

when                                      xA

why                                        xU

how (by what means)            xUd

how (what kind)                     xUm

which (what kind of)               xEm

that                                         Uf

as (after same or such)          Uj (…the same… as…)


who, whom        xnu

whose               xnum

which                xEn

how much         xnE

how many     xnEn


(see also Elements of Meaning at the website )

Vowels are pronounced as in most European languages: a, e, i, u, o as in mama, jet, see, push, of; A, E, I, U. O as in Ah!, Eh!, polIce, trUe, Oh! Care must be taken not to make any of the vowels dipthongs, i.e. the sound changes from beginning to end, so E becomes E-ee.

Y is as in you in front of vowels, but as in boy – with a strong dipthong at the end, keeping the lips rounded (ü). Ø as in word, also keeping lips rounded (ö).

j as in jour; c as in special; x as in the Spanish pronunciation of Mexico.

Questions: (see Pronoun chart for complete list)

No inversion is necessary: “What does he eat?” becomes “He eats what?” ‘vu dov hE?’ If no other question word is present, use ‘hI?’ at the end: “Does he eat bread? becomes “He eats bread, eh?” ‘vu dov nod, hI?’

Singular                                                Plural

who/whom?;(for living things)      hu; ho                    who; (for living things) hnu; hno

what?                               hE                what quantity?         hEn

where?                             ha                how much?             hnE

whither? where to?             hat               how many?             hnEn

whence? where from?         hYt

when?                              hA

why? in what Spirit?             hU

how? by what means?         hUd

how? by what Material means?            hEd

how, what kind?                  hUm

which, what kind?               hEm

Verbs: -v

Verbs, in general, show action in a sentence, so in aUI end in –v, Action, to represent the prototypical, dynamic verb.

Auxiliary Verbs

In contrast, the most common stative verb describes a state of being (using forms of to be) and can be represented in aUI with an –c, Exist, at the end (p. 50C, awp).

The original cEv [be, am, are materially] is abbreviated to Ec in the present, pAc in the past, and tAc for the future (p. 50C, awp). But there are many meanings of ‘be’ depending on context:

Linking verb – to be

Uc      to be Spiritually or Mentally; “truth is beautiful”

amUc to be only of the Mind, hypothetically; “unicorns are usually white”

          oc      to be by nature, in Life; “grass is green”

          Øc      to be in a Condition; “I am sick”

          vØc    to be Made in a Condition; “the table is green”

          zØc    to be Partly in a Condition; “you are an ass” (“you are not a whole ass – rather the inverse” 😉

          Oc      to be Emotionally; “he is angry”

          fOc    to be in My Feeling; “you are beautiful”

Auxiliary or helping verbs

be               Ec (see above)

do                Ev

have             bav

Modal auxiliary verbs

can               wav, wØv

could           –wØc

would            –Øc, –tØc, –trØc, –hØc

should           –rv, –wØrc

will/shall        –tAv

may              –twØc, –dYvØc

might            –twØc

must             wYv (wYv-tAv [will be obliged]; wYv-pAv [was obliged]); –wYvØc

Causatives: v-, vet-, -vev

are verbs that cause an Action, so should start with v, or can be formed with vev [Make-move] at the end if pronunciation is otherwise awkward. It is especially necessary to distinguish the causative from its root verb when the root itself is transitive (acting on an object in the sentence): dov [to eat (food)], vet-dov [Make-Movement-Toward-eat: feed] (p. 44, awp).

Command/Imperative: -rv

Commands in aUI are politely made by inserting r, Good, in front of the verb ending, as in ‘it would be Good to do this’ or ‘you better do this!’: ev [to move], erv [move!] In commands made from verbs ending in Yv, the r must precede the Yv (otherwise the Y negates r): sYv [to receive], srYv [receive!]

A command in the passive is possible: “s/he ought to be moved by your words”, ‘cu O-ve-rYv Ud bum UI’ [s/he emotionally-Make-Good-to be-moved by your word(s)]. In the active past (perfect) form it would be: ‘bu Ove-fApArv cu Ud bum UI’, “you ought-to-have-moved hir by your words”; and in the passive past (perfect): ‘cu Ove-fApA-rYv Ud bum UI’, “s/he ought-to-have-been-moved by your word(s).”

So commands, which otherwise may work subliminally, are exposed in aUI to explicit questioning, for verification: “Why would doing this be good?”

Conditional: -Qc

Sentences in the conditional mood describe hypothetical scenarios that require certain conditions to be met. They generally begin with if, Øg [Condition-Inside] and use modal auxiliary verbs (such as will, would, can, could, may, must, should) to express a range of mood between possibility and actuality – (e.g. the level of its likelihood, ability, permission, obligation, or future intention). Like the forms of ‘to be’, the nuanced meanings can be further distinguished in ending, beyond the original counterfactual suffix yEc, [-Anti-is; Opposite of-Materially-Exist]. For instance, “If you had not come, she would have been sad”: ‘Øg bu Yc tepAv-Qc, cu pAc-Øc UYrOm.’ [If you not came-would, she conditionally-was-would be sad.] (p. 50B, awp):

Level of Existence in Actuality

(approximate applications from

yEc             unreal would: “If you were a famous writer…if you had a phone…”

âmUc         abstract, hypothetical would: “I would ride a unicorn if I could”

hEc             hypothetical, questionable material existence would: “If he were to come…”

Øc              conditional would: “…you would call me.”  Also simply: would be Q-yEc.

tØc             conditional would (like to, ‘desiderative’): “…you would tend toward/like to call me.”

trØc           conditional would (likely, probably, ‘optative’): “…you would probably call me.”

hØc            conditional would (doubtfully, ‘dubitative’): “…you would doubtfully call me.”

wØc            conditional could: “…you could call me.” Also simply: could be wØc.

wØrc          conditional should (imperative): “…you should call me.”

twØc           conditional might, may: “…you might call me.”

dYvØc        conditional may (‘permissive’): “…you may/are permitted to call me.”

wYvØc        conditional must (‘necessitative’): “…you must call me.”

tØic            conditional apparent (‘inferential’): “…I assume you would call me.”

Counterfactual: -yEc

 Verbs in the subjunctive mood describe hypothetical or non-real situations, such as wishes, and use the yEc ending [-Anti-is; Opposite of-Materially-Exist]. For instance, “I wish it were Saturday; I wish I did not have to go to work”: ‘fu tOv sE Ec-yEc nÂ-iA; fu tOv fu Yc wYv-yEc av at ruwe.’ [I wish it is/not-is (were) Saturday; I wish I not must/not-is to go to work.]

Optative: ØtrOm-

is a mood of verbs that expresses a wish or desire, and uses a counterfactual (irrealis or subjunctive) mood. If one wants to further emphasize this mood, beyond what is given above under Conditional endings, one could use and adjectival prefix:  fu ØtrOm-sev [I Conditional-hope-give: I would like to give]. (The book gives simply –rO– (se-rO-v) in the original, but this does not give a sense of wish (tO) or condition (Ø), so I added these; p. 46, awp).

ØtOm–         would desire (desiderative)

ØtrOm–        would hopefully (optative)

ØwOm–        may (conditionally feel the power…)


are words formed from verbs that can function as adjectives or gerunds (type of noun), and can be used to form tenses that describe continuous (progressive, ongoing) and completed (‘perfect’) actions. In English these end in -ing for present tense, and in -ed for past tense. They are used in both Active and Passive voice constructions.

Since the adjectival participle is descriptive it takes an adjective ending in aUI, pAm; the simple past verb ending, pAv, becomes a type of adjective, pAm, showing that something was happening in the past over time to qualify the subject.

Active Participle: -pvAm, -vAm, -tvAm (see chart under Verb Tense for complete list)

The active participle is the one for active constructions and implies continuous Action over Time on the part of the noun being described. Therefore, they end in vAm [Active-Time-Adjective] in the present tense: LeL-vAm wE [a rolling stone]. In the past tense, pvAm adds the p, Before, from pA, past; and the future tense tvAm, adds the t, Toward, from tA, future. We remember the Roman gladiators, who said before their deadly fights to the emperor, “morituri te salutant”, “The going-to-die ones greet thee”: ‘pIn yo-tvAm vrOUIv bu.’

To show that an action is recent, with a continuing effect that emphasizes its duration (‘have been’), fApvAm combines the fA, present, with the past form participle, –pvAm; for the past (‘had been’) this becomes pApvAm, and for the future (‘will have been’), tApvAm. “We will have been dying when the sun sets”, ‘fnu yo-tApvAm, xA pI âki tYk-YtOiv.’

For a so-called ‘perfect participle’ (“Having seen the movie before…”),fAvpAm can be used (‘iO-fAvpAm pI evUis Ap…’), which adds Action to the (adjectival) present perfect participle fApAm, showing that the Action done Before over Time (pAm) is now still relevant (fA). (It is not to be confused with the Active perfect continuous form fApvAm). [The book gives pvAm as the ending, but that would be the same as the past continuous form (p. 50A,B; awp, see Past participle below)].

 Passive Participle:   -pAm, -fAm, -tAm (see chart under Verb Tense for complete list)

The passive participle also describes Action over Time but is used in passive constructions. Most common is the past participle which indicates past or completed Action and ends in pAm [past-Adjective]: LeL-pAm wE [a rolled stone]. “They killed the cow; they ate the killed cow.”: ‘nu vyo-pAv pI bijEbos; nu do-pAv pI vyo-pAm bijEbos.’

It is also used with auxiliaries (helping words) to form the passive voice and perfect tenses.

 Passive: -Yv

Passive verbs end in Yv [Non-Action, passive] and express passive, receiving type occurrences in which the subject receives the action of the verb. In English the passive voice is formed with a form of ‘to be’ + past participle: KaiN vyo-pAv ABeL,“Cain killed Abel” vs. ABeL vyo-pAYv Ud KaiN, “Abel was killed by Cain.” “Abel was killed” ‘ABeL vyo-pAYv’, also suffices.

The present passive continuous form that begins with ‘being’ uses the ending –YvAm: “Being expected to sing, she blushed.”: ‘pO-YvAm rIv, cu tâi-pAv.’ The book suggests the Yv can be omitted (pO-Am) since it denies the active, but the verb ‘to sing, rIv’ still contains Action (p. 50B, awp).

This verbal passive is often difficult to distinguish from an adjectival participle: “The vase was broken” could mean “someone broke the vase” (verbal): ‘riOio-gad zwE-pAYv’ or “the vase was in pieces” (adjectival): ‘riOio-gad pAc zwE-pAm.’

Although the adjectival passive participle and the true verbal passive construction share the same endings in English, aUI can distinguish these.


“The window was broken (this morning)”, ‘pI dugai zwE-pAYv fE yitiA.’ (verbal passive)

But “The window was broken (and unrepairable)”, ‘pI dugai pAc zwE-pAm Ib Y-tYp-revEv-wQm.’ (adjectival participle)

  “The answer was known by everyone”, ‘pI YhI pAc gU-pAm Ud cânu’; (can’t say ‘…was being known’ as if it were a verb). (adjectival participle)

“The bridge is being designed in Paris”, ‘pI jE-dak tUvma-fYvAm ag PaRIS.’ (can’t say ‘…is being un-designed’ as if it were an adjective). (verbal passive)

“The building was surrounded all day”: ‘pI ugavs pAc LYgâna-pAm can iA.’ (adjectival participle)

“The building was surrounded early in the morning”: ‘pI ugavs LYgâna-pAYv A-pem Ag yitiA.’ (verbal passive)

“We think we are driving, but we are (emotionally) driven.” (Tolstoy): fnu Uv, fnu Ec dave-vAm, yUg fnu Oc dave-pAm – as in compulsively…(can be ‘very driven’ or ‘seem driven’) (adjectival present and past participle)

Or:. “We think we are driving, but we are (being) driven.” : fnu Uv, fnu Ec dave-vAm, yUg fnu dave-Yv (as in passively, with someone else in the driver’s seat; cannot be ‘being very driven’ or ‘seem driven’ by someone) (verbal passive).

In the few verbs that end in Yv, the ending should stay together in commands and tense changes, e.g. srYv! Receive! [you ought to receive, it is good to receive!] sYv-pAv [received]; sYv-tAv [will receive]; sYv-ppAYv [had been received]; sYv-pAm [received, p.participle]; sYv-pvAm [having received]; syYv [is being received] – This double passive is almost active: sev [to give]. “Grace is being received = mercy gives”: ‘riOma syYv = kUbrO sev.’


Tense/Time: -pA, -tA (See Chart of Verb Tenses for complete list)

The system of tense conjugation in the original aUI text unfortunately appears somewhat unclear, incomplete, and inconsistent. On page 47 under Past Participle, for instance, ‘are driving’ is translated as “c dave-vAm” and ‘are driven’ as “c dave-pAm“, both as participles. But on p. 50A, the verbal passive form (for the simpler form of ‘drive’ vev) “ve-Yv” is recommended instead of ‘c ve-pAm‘. ‘Is killed (by)’ is “vyo-Yv” and ‘was killed (by)’ is “vyo-pAYv” (correct verbal passives). Also on p. 57, both “cEv va-pAm” (‘is sent’) and in the same paragraph, “vaYv” (‘are sent’ – correct verbal passive) are given for similar meaning.

So these examples illustrate the difference between a passive verb (-Yv, as in ‘it is driven by me’) and an adjectival participle (-pAm, as in ‘the window lay broken on the floor’). See further explanations  below.

Looking at the tense chart on p. 50B, it is not clear whether and which form of ‘to be’ is to accompany the indicative and participle forms. It appears that the indicative forms go without a helping verb (to be), which is implied, but the participles do get one, which is inflected with tense (as appears from two examples on p. 145, “pAc YpOm twYrO-pAm31” and on p. 191, “pAc kYpO-pAm“).

Though I have resisted for a long time making changes in the tense scheme, following my father’s goal of simplification and my goal of consistency, I have declined to use the 12 possible forms of participles (which get to be up to eight letters long if one extrapolates to the Continuous and Perfect Continuous. I have kept three forms as in Latin, present, past, and future participle and the original participial clause forms for past and future.

Chart of Verb Tenses



Simple -pAv






Perfect -pApAv






Continuous pAc  -vAm

pAc   -vAm

Ec  -vAm

Ec   -vAm*

tAc  -vAm

tAc   -vAm

Perfect Continuous pApAc  -vAm

pApAc   -vAm

(fA)pAc  -vAm

(fA)pAc   -vAm

tApAc  -vAm

tApAc   -vAm



Simple fu e-pAv

fu e-pAv*

I moved
fu ev

fu ev*

I move
fu e-tAv

fu e-tAv*

I will move

Perfect fu e-pApAv

fu e-pApAv*

I had moved
fu e-(fA)pAv

fu e-(fA)pAv

I have moved

fu e-tApAv

fu e-tApAv*

I will have moved

Continuous fu pAc e-vAm

fu pAc e-vAm1

I was moving

fu Ec e-vAm

fu Ec e-vAm*

I am moving

fu tAc e-vAm

fu tAc e-vAm2

I will be moving

Perfect Continuous fu pApAc e-vAm

fu pApAc e-vAm

I had been moving
fu (fA)pAc e-vAm

fu (fA)pAc e-vAm

I have been moving
fu tApAc e-vAm

fu tApAc e-vAm

I will have been moving

Active participial phrases

1Past            ‘having moved…’:                        e-pvAm (contraction of pAc e-vAm)

2Future         ‘(the) going-to-move (ones)’:        e-tvAm (contraction of tAc e-vAm)


Simple -pAyv












Continuous Ec-vAm -pAyv

Ec-vAm -pAYv 

Ec-vAm -(fA)Yv

 Ec-vAm -(fA)Yv  

Ec-vAm -tAYv

Ec-vAm -tAYv

Perfect Continuous Ec-vAm -pApAYv

Ec-vAm -pApAyv

Ec-vAm -(fA)pAYv

Ec-vAm -fApAYv

Ec-vAm -tApAYv

Ec-vAm -tApAYv



Simple fu e-pAyv

fu e-pAYv*

I was moved into a different room.
fu e-Yv

fu e-Yv*

I am moved into a different room.
fu e-tAyv

fu e-tAYv*

I will be moved

into a different room.

Perfect fu e-pApAYv

fu e-pApAYv*

I had been moved
into a different room.
fu e-(fA)pAyv

fu e-(fA)pAYv

I have been moved

into a different room.

fu e-tApAyv

fu e-tApAYv*

I will have been moved

 into a different room.

Continuous fu Ec-vAm e-pAYv

fu Ec-vAm e-pAYv

I was being moved

 into a different room.

fu Ec-vAm e-(fA)Yv

fu Ec-vAm e-(fA)Yv

I am being moved

into a different room.

fu Ec-vAm e-tAYv

fu Ec-vAm e-tAYv

I will be being moved

into a different room.

Perfect Continuous fu Ec-vAm e-pApAYv

fu Ec-vAm e-pApAYv

I had been being moved

 into a different room.

fu Ec-vAm e-(fA)pAYv

fu Ec-vAm e-(fA)pAYv

I have been being moved

 into a different room.

fu Ec-vAm e-tApAYv

fu Ec-vAm e-tApAYv

I will have been being moved

into a different room.

Adjectival PASSIVE*

pAc  -pAm

pAc   -pAm*

Ec  -fAm

Ec   -fAm

tAc  -tAm

tAc   -tAm*

pApAc  -pAm

pApAc   -pAm

(fA)pAc  -fAm

(fA)pAc   -pAm

tApAc  -tAm

tApAc   -tAm

Continuous pAc-vAm  -pAm

pAc-vAm   -pAm

(fA)c-vAm  -fAm

(fA)c-vAm   -fAm

tAc-vAm  -tAm

tAc-vAm   -tAm

Perfect Continuous pApAc-vAm  -pAm

pApAc-vAm   -pAm

(fA)pAc-vAm  -fAm

(fA)pAc-vAm   -fAm

tApAc-vAm  -tAm

tApAc-vAm   -tAm


Adjectival PASSIVE**

Simple fu pAc e-pAm

fu pAc e-pAm

I was moved by the music.
fu Oc e-fAm

fu Oc e-fAm

I am moved by the music.
fu tAc e-tAm

fu tAc e-tAm

I will be moved by the music.

Perfect fu pApAc e-pAm

fu pApAc e-pAm

I had been moved by the music.
fu (fA)pAc e-fAm

fu (fA)pAc e-fAm

I have been moved by the music.

fu tApAc e-tAm

fu tApAc e-tAm

I will have been moved

by the music.

Continuous fu pAc-vAm e-pAm

fu pAc-vAm e-pAm

I was being moved by the music.

fu (fA)c-vAm e-fAm

fu (fA)c-vAm e-fAm

I am being moved by the music.

fu tAc-vAm e-tAm

fu tAc-vAm e-tAm

I will be being moved by the music.

Perfect Continuous fu pApAc-vAm e-pAm

fu pApAc-vAm e-pAm

I had been being moved

by the music.

fu (fA)pAc-vAm e-fAm

fu (fA)pAc-vAm e-fAm

I have been being moved

by the music.

fu tApAc-vAm e-tAm

fu tApAc-vAm e-tAm

I will have been being moved

by the music.

**The examples could also read, “I was moved by the attendants…”, making it even more apparently equivalent to the adjectival example below, “I was moved by the music.” It seems that the adjective ‘moved’ both describes the emotional character of the subject, I, (but also refers to the metaphorical action of the music on the subject), whereas the verbal passive refers only to the physical action of the attendants on the subject.

*See below for further distinction tests.

To clarify the difference between the verbal passive as used in “I was moved into a different room” (an event) and the adjectival passive in “I was moved by the music” (a state), there are several indications to check for an adjective.

– can take un- (‘I was unmoved by the music’, but not ‘unmoved into a different room’)

– used with an adverb such as very (‘I was very moved…’), extremely, fully, more, less, most… or with seem, look, or remain (‘I remained moved all evening’, but not ‘I was very moved into a different room.’)

None of these phrasings works with the verbal passive. It is usually a more immediate event (“I was moved into a different room this morning”, not “I was moved into a different room all afternoon.”)

The German equivalent also shows more clearly the distinction:

adjectival participle               verbal passive

Present            bin  bewegt                              werde bewegt

Oce-pAm                             e-Yv                             (*special designation as emotional)

Past                 war bewegt                              wurde bewegt

pAc* e-pAm                            e-pAYv (*could also designate O-pAc, emotionally)

Past, pA [Before-Time] is set before the verb ending to form past tense; o-pAv [lived]; the Past is before us in Time.

Future, tA [Toward-Time] (the Time Toward which we move, or which seems to come Toward us); o-tAv [will live].

To show that an action is recent, with a continuing effect that emphasizes its result (‘have lived’), fA [present] can be added to the past ending to make o-fApAv; the past of this form (‘had lived’) adds pA, past, and is then o-pApAv; the future (‘will have lived’) adds tA, future: o-tApAv. These can be abbreviated into -fpAv, -ppAv, and tpAv (p. 47).

To introduce the past tense when it is continued throughout a story (without having to continue the ending on each verb), the following initial signal can be used:

pAg:   (“what follows is In the past”)

pApAg: past perfect

tAg:    future

fAg:    re-enters the present

Word formation:

Words in nearly all languages contain, and may even consist only of basic root forms (morphemes). aUI carries these basic morphemes to an extreme – in that they each consist solely of one letter or symbol element. That element is proposed to be so basic in meaning that it is not further divisible into more basic elements. But as other languages, English words also consist of compounds of roots that originally come from older languages (Latin, Greek, Germanic, Sanskrit…). So when thinking about creating a new aUI composition for an existing word in another language, it is very helpful to look up its etymology in a good dictionary – what do its roots mean? Often (but not always, due to too much historical change), these roots provide hints to what the word’s basic meaning is (or was) and to which aUI elements and roots they might contain. At least this gives you a start, e.g. interrupt (Latin, between-burst) gê-zwEv [between-break]; convene (Latin, together-come) nub-tev [people-Together-come].

However, to begin with, a good understanding of the elemental categories – and their sometimes wider, but related meanings – is needed. The basic compounds of aUI should first be studied and become familiar (Hundred Basic Compounds, p. 21). Some of these function also as basic short roots from which compounds are built, or are abbreviated to enable reasonable word length. A few examples:

nam, nEn:              n–       [Big-, Many-]                     t–        [Toward-, Near-]

Ynam, YnEn           Yn–     [small-, few-]                     –d       [-Means, -Tool]

nYnEm [sandy]:      nYn–   [Many, Very-small-]           –s       [-Concrete instance]

YnYn– [Very small-]                     –u       [-Person]

tYn–    [Toward-small-, less-]        –U       [-Abstract, Concept]

rUm:                      r–        [Good-]                             –z       [-Part]

YrUm:                    Yr–     [bad-]

nYrUm [wicked]:     nYr–   [Very,Big-bad-]

tYb–    [Towards-Non-Together- (apart)]

tYd–    [Towards-against-]

tYp–    [Towards-back-]

tYt–    [To & fro-]

tYg–    [Towards-out-]

The distinction between big and many, both represented by n-, may become apparent by context. If it’s important to make this distinction, the full word nEn should be used for ‘many.’ To emphasize further gradients of size, one can reduplicate or reiterate a prefix, e.g. Ynam [small]; nYnam [very small]; nYnYnam [tiny]; nYnYnYnam [minute]. For words like microscopic, its etymology tells us it is composed of Latin micro+scope (very small + to look at) YnYn-tiOm; infinitesimal is from Latin in-finitus (no + end, limit) Yc-tnak-YnYnam [no-limit-very small].

(See the Negation section for review in using Y and y in new compositions.)

Any word can become a simple, Moving, Material, Feeling, or Spiritual verb by addingv, –ev,

Ev, –Ov, –Uv, e.g. nEm-kYpO [very-surprise, astonishment Feeling] becomes nEm-kYpOv [to feel astonishment].

Word order: SVO

SUBJECT-VERB-OBJECT (SVO) order is preferred, even in questions and relative clauses. Modifier precedes the thing modified: adjective/adverb before noun/verb.

Instead of “Whom did he see?, rather “He saw whom?” vu iO-pAv hu?

“The good teacher quickly gives just rewards to the hard-working student, whom s/he (does) not ignore”: ‘pI rUm vetgUvu nem sev yIn jwUrm jruts at pI nE-rUwe-vAm etgUvu, cu Yc vYgUv xu.’ The relative clause immediately follows the word it modifies, and must contain a relative particle (with x-).

Verb forms

Mood Tense Active
Sense Form
Present does E-v (-fAv)
Past did E-pAv
Future will do E-tAv
Present Perfect have done E-fApAv
Past Perfect had done E-pApAv
Future Perfect will have done E -tApAv
Conditional (II)* would do Ev-Øc
Conditional Perfect (III)* would have done EpAv-Øc


Present “we ask that they do…” E-v
Past if I were; if I had… Ec-yEc; bav-yEc
Present Continuous (am) doing E-vAm
Past Continuous (was) doing E-pvAm
Future Continuous (will be) doing E-tvAm
Present Perfect Continuous (have been) doing E-fApvAm
Past Perfect Continuous (had been) doing E-pApvAm
Future Perfect Continuous (will have been) doing E-tApvAm
Conditional (II) would… -m-Øc
Conditional Perfect (III) would have… -m-Øc
Present do! E-rv / -rYv
Future do [later]! E-tArv / ­tArYv
Past should have done E-pArv / ­pArYv
other verbs to do E-v
doing E-vØ

*Conditional tense: used with if, would, could, might (what would happen or what one would do in certain circumstances).

Subjunctive: situations that are uncertain, unreal, or a wish; also urgency and importance

**Present Subjunctive: used with triggers (suggestions, requests, commands, needs);

Past Subjunctive: unreal or hypothetical situations (If I were …)

Verbal Passive (eventive)
Participial Adjective (stative)
Sense Form Sense Form
Present is done E-Yv (-fAYv) is excited Oc Oe-fAm
Past was done E-pAYv was excited Oc Oe-pAm
Future will be done E-tAYv will be excited Oc Oe-tAm
Present Perfect has been done E-fApAYv has been excited Oc Oe-fApAm
Past Perfect had been done E-pApAYv had been excited Oc Oe-pApAm
Future Perfect will have been done E-tApAYv will have been excited Oc Oe-tApAm
Conditional (II)* ? EYv-Øc ?
Conditional Perfect (III)* ? EpAYv-Øc ?
Present Subjunctive ? E-QYv ?
Past Subjunctive ? E-pQYv ?
Present Continuous is being done E-YvAm (-fYvAm) is being excited? -vApAm?
Past Continuous was being done E -pYvAm was being excited? -pvApAm?
Future Continuous will be being done E-tYvAm will be being excited? -tvApAm?
Present Perfect Continuous has been being done E-fApYvAm has been being excited? -fApvApAm?
Past Perfect Continuous had been being done E-pApYvAm had been being excited? -pApvApAm?
Future Perfect Continuous will have been being done E-tApYvAm will have been being excited? -tApvApAm?
Conditional ?
Conditional Perfect ?
Present ? E-rYv / -ryYv
Future ? E-tArYv / -tAryYv
Past ? E-pArYv / -pAryYv
other verbs to be done E-Yv
Gerund ? E-YvØ
Complete Grammar