The 16 rules of Esperanto

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The 16 rules of Esperanto:

We have already tried to convince you on another occasion to study Esperanto if you have already thought about it. Because, as we told you, it is a language whose objective is to get speakers from all over the world, so that since it is an artificial language, everyone studies it on equal terms. In addition, we also tell you how easy it was going to be since it is a language with only 16 grammar rules that if you master them, you will be able to speak and understand perfectly.

Dr. Zamenhof, its creator, also proposed that it be a very easy language to learn so that anyone could do it without much work. Therefore, he thought it would be good to create grammar without complications and, especially, without exceptions, which is what often makes languages ​​a bit hard to study, as well as complex.

Rules of Esperanto

Before we start, we want you to know, as a general rule and that it will facilitate the study of the other 16, that Esperanto uses the Latin alphabet. It adds some additional symbols that you will see that they are easy; that is, it has 28 basic letters. Among them, the five vowels must be highlighted, the same as in Spanish (a, e, i, o, u), and each of these vowels within the words marks a syllable.

Well, let’s go there, here you have explained all the grammar of the Esperanto language, which we hope that with this article will help you to master and thus to introduce you to this language fully:

  1. In Esperanto, there is only the indefinite article la , which will be used the same for all genders, numbers, and cases. There is no indefinite article: La arbo estas granda (the tree is big).
  2. The nouns are formed by adding one or a root and to form the plural one is added j to the singular. For the direct or accusative object an n is added after the o or oj. The rest of the cases are expressed with prepositions: La pano estas freŝa (the bread is fresh).
  3. The adjectives are formed by adding one to the root, and cases and numbers as nouns. The comparative is formed with pli and the superlative with ple j: Mi manĝas bonan panon (I eat good bread).
  4. The basic numbers s are: unu, du, tri, kvar, kvin, ses, sep, ok, naŭ, dek (these are from 1 to 10), cent (100), thousand (1000). The tens and hundreds are formed by joining the numerals ( 674: ses sepdek kvar ). Ordinals are formed by adding the ending a to the adjective ( dua: second ).
  5. The personal pronouns are mi (I), vi (you), li (he), ŝi (she), ĝi (them), si (reflexive), ni (we), ili (them), oni (impersonal). Possessive pronouns have the ending a ( mia: mine), and in the accusative n ( nin: our ). In the following table you have all the Esperanto pronouns:

Personal pronouns


Possessive pronouns in plural

Mi I Mia my, mine, mine Miaj my, mine, mine
Vi You, you / you Via Yours, yours Viaj Yours, yours
Li The Lia his Liaj his, his, his
Ŝi She Ŝia his, his, hers Ŝiaj his, hers hers
Ĝi It, that Ĝia his, hers, hers or that Ĝiaj his, his, hers, hers or that
Ni Us, us Nia our our Niaj our, our
Ili they, they Ilia yours, yours, theirs or theirs Iliaj yours, yours, theirs or theirs
Oni one people Onia of one, of the people Oniaj the ones of one, of the people
Si itself Sia his / her own Siach the ones of himself

Verb tenses do not change according to person or number. The present ends in as , the past in is , the future in os , the conditional in us , the imperative in u, and the infinitive in i . There are active participles with ant, int, and ont , and passive participles with at, it, and ot. The preposition of liability is of . For example, my amas: mi amas: I love, li amis: He loved.







~ i ~ is ~ as ~ you ~ us ~ u
Mi amis
I loved
Vi amas
you love
Ni amos
we will love
Li amus
He would love
Vi amu
love you


Present active participle -anta Ex:Mi estas amanta (I am loving)
P. active past -int Ex: Mi estas aminta (I have loved)
Future active participle -onta Ex: Mi estas amonta (I will be loving)
P. present passive -ata Ex: Mi estas amata (I am being loved)
Passive past participle -ita Ex: Mi estas amita (I have been loved)
P. future passive -ota Ex: Mi estas amota (I will be loved)
  1. Adverbs are formed by adding e to the stem ( amike: friendly ).
  2. Prepositions use the nominative.
  3. Each word is read as it is written. That is, each letter has a characteristic sound that does not vary depending on the one next to it.
  4. The accent always falls on the penultimate syllable.
  5. Compound words are formed by joining the roots of simple words, with the main root at the end.




Mal- Contrary idea varma – malvarma (hot / cold)
Eks- Former direktoro, eksdirektoro
Pra- primitive historio, prahistorio
Bo- Political kinship frato, bofrato (brother / brother-in-law)
Ge- Both genders gepatroj (father and mother)
Ek- Start krii, ekkrii (shout, exclaim)
Dis- separation doni, disdoni (give, distribute)
Re- repetition fari, refari (do, redo)
-aĉ derogatory domo, domaĉo (house, shack)
For- outside iri, foriri (go, go out)
Sam- same samtempo (at the same time)
jus- newly jusvenita (newcomer)
Sen- without Sensento (nonsense)
Ne- No, in- neekzista (nonexistent)
Antaŭ- before diri, antaŭdiri (say, predict)
-ar collective arbo, arbaro (tree, forest)
-eg augmentative granda, grandega (big / immense)
-et diminutive infano, infaneto (child, little boy)
-id descendant hundo, sunk (dog / puppy)
-ist Profession pano panisto (bread, baker)
-estr I send urbo, urbestro (city / mayor)
-an Neighbor, belonging blunt, roman
-ul An individual juna, junulo (young / a young man)
-ec Abstract quality bela, beleco (beautiful, beauty)
-er Particular element monkey, monero (money / currency)
-il instrument kombi, kombilo (comb / comb)
-ej Local, site lerni / lernejo (learn / school)
-ad duration parolo, parolado (talk / conversation)
-ig do morti, mortigi (die / kill)
-iĝ to be made morti, mortiĝi (to die / die)
-ebl possible vidi, videbla (see, visible)
-em Prone to kredi, kredema (believe / gullible)
  1. There is no double negation. The word is not said ne , but it is not used if there is another negative word in the sentence.
  2. The ending n can also be used to indicate movement to a place.
  3. Each preposition has a definite meaning. However, there is a preposition je that is used in a more free way, but is currently rarely used.
  4. To adopt new words, apart from the possibility of combining existing roots, foreign words can be taken, adapting them to the Esperanto spelling and adding the corresponding endings. It is about enriching the language, but without departing from its fundamental rules.
  5. The o of the ending of the nouns and the a of the article can be eliminated and replaced by an apostrophe, for aesthetic reasons, but this is used almost exclusively in poetry. For example, it is not usual in common usage to use l’amiko .
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