African reference alphabet version[edit source]
Krio na di langwej we ɔl Salone-man de tɔk. Yɛstade na di Krio Pipul-dɛm nɔmɔ bin de tɔk am bikɔ na dɛn langwej bɔt naw ɔl traib de tɔk an fɔ dɛn makit ɛn fɔ tɔk wit dɛn cɔmpin. Fɔstɛm we di makitman-dɛm we kɔmɔ Yurɔp bin de kam Afrika, di watasai pipul-dɛm mek wan pijin fɔ ebul fɔ tɔk wit dɛm. Dɛn di slev-dɛm we bin de America dɛm kan fɔ bil Fritong ɛn di pijin we dɛn bin de tɔk miks wit di fɔs pijin en bɔku African langwej-dɛm plɔs Frɛnch ɛn Pɔtyugiz fɔ mek Krio. Tide Krio na langwej wit im-yon rule-dɛm ɛn strɔkchɔ ɛn na Salone-in nashɔnal langwej.
Pɔsin we nɔ de tok Krio go min se di Krio grama simpul, en se i nɔ gɛ di same tens-dɛm we ɔda langwej-dɛm (lɛk Inglish) gɛ. Bɔ wi we sabi Krio no se tens we yu abul se pan Inglish, yu abul se bak pan Krio.
While English uses suffixes to change the verb endings and thus their tenses, Krio uses modifiers before the verb.
Simple Present (used to talk about habitual or repeated actions)
I work every day.
A de wok evri de.
Present Continuous/Progressive (used to talk about an action that is in progress)
I am working [right now].
A de pan wok [rait nau].
Simple Future (used to talk about an action that has not yet happened but will happen at some point in the future)
I will go to New York [next week].
A de go Niu Yɔk [neks wik].
Simple Past Tense (used to talk about actions that happened in the past)
I worked [yesterday].
A wok [yestade].
Past Continuous/Progressive I (used to talk about two actions that were taking place at the same time in the past)
I was eating bread while you were sleeping.
A bin de [pan] it bred we yu bin de slip.
Past Continuous/Progressive II (used to talk about two actions in the past, one of which was already taking place but was interrupted by the other)
I was watching TV when I heard the accident.
A bin de [pan] wach TV we a yeri di aksident.
Present Perfect (used to talk about an action that happened at an unspecified time in the past)
I have cleaned my room.
A dɔn clin mi rum.
Present Perfect Continuous/Progressive I (used to talk about an action that was in progress at some point in the past, ended in the past, but whose consequences are apparent or felt in the present)
I have been working all day. That's why I'm tired.
A bin de [pan] wok ol de. Na-im mek a taia.
Present Perfect Continuous/Progressive II (used to talk about an action that started in the past but is still going on in the present)
We have been travelling all day.
(It's unclear if there is a direct Krio equivalent for this construction. However, a combination of the Present Continuous and a clarifying statement can be used to express the same meaning)
Wi de pan travul ol de. (Literal meaning: we are travelling all day)
Past Perfect (used to talk about an action that happened in the past before another action that also happened in the past)
I had [already] spoken to Mr. Jones before you saw him at the market.
A bin dɔn tɔk to Mr. Jones bifo yu si am na makit.
Past Perfect Continuous/Progressive (used to talk about two actions in the past, one of which was already in progress [i.e., had started at an earlier point in the past] but was interrupted by another action [that occured while the earlier action was already in progress])
I had [already] been working for three hours before the manager said hello to me.
A bin dɔn de pan wok fɔ tri aua bifo di manaja tel mi adu.
Modal auxilliary usage to come in this space . . .
--184.108.40.206 14:00, 17 September 2008 (UTC)A.K.K
Di men langwej we dɛm tek mek Krio na kolonyal stayl Inglish. Frɛnch ɛn Pɔtyugiz bɔksɔp insai plɔs bɔt sɔm twelv ɔda Afrikan langwej-dɛm lɛkɛ Yoruba,Twi, Mɛnde ɛn Fula. I fiba di Patwa-dɛm we dɛm de tɔk na di Karibian ɛn Naijiryan Pijin.
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