There are 2 main translations of by in Setswana

: by1by2

by1

go bapa

preposition

  • 1

    go bapa
    ‘Sit by me’
    • closeness (Sit by me)
  • 2

    tsela
    ‘We got here by a short cut’
    • direction or route (We got here by a short cut)
  • 3

    nakô
    ‘They came by night’
    • time (They came by night)
  • 4

    ka mokgwa kgotsa tsela
    ‘cooking by gas’
    • manner or method (cooking by gas)
  • 5

    selekanyô
    ‘You missed it by centimetres’
    • amount (You missed it by centimetres)

There are 2 main translations of by in Setswana

: by1by2

by2

go feta

adverb

  • 1

    go feta
    ‘I can't get by’ Ga ke kgone go feta
    • past
  • 2

    sêêgêla thoko
    ‘Put it by’ E sêêgêlê kwa thoko
    • in reserve
    • for future use