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how many

dih kwee

Literally: how many(?)

When you use the word díkwíí, you will be inquiring about the amount, or quantity, of certain objects. Using this Navajo word will create a question to which a response would be a number, or simply ‘I don’t know.’

For example:

Mark díkwíí bichidí? How many vehicles does Mark have?

[note: ‘bi’ in bichidí is attached in order to direct possession of the object to the third person; if possession of the object were directed to you or to me (assuming I am the speaker) then ‘bi’ would be replaced with ‘ni’ and ‘shi’ respectively; essentially, bichidí=his vehicle, nichidí=your vehicle, and shichidí=my vehicle.]

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