The Navajo word biniinaa functions in the language as a conjunction. In English, it is understood to mean “for that reason” or “because of.”
In usage, this conjunction is used in a statement when it follows a structure of cause followed by effect.
Here’s a demonstration that adapts an earlier example:
- I just got out of the swimming pool, for that reason I took a shower.
- I have classes across school campus, for that reason I bought a bike.
- I have final exams next, for that reason I am studying now.
- Michael does not need to stay around any longer, for that reason he will travel home after final exams.
- Jerry cannot go forward, because you are in his way.
- Mary will not buy meat, because I have meat.
Navajo speakers also use bąą in place of biniinaa when it fits the flow of the statement.