There are 2 main translations of for in Setswana

: for1for2

for1

ya kwa

preposition

  • 1

    ya kwa
    ga ga
    • purpose or direction (This letter is for you
    • We set out for home)
  • 2

    lebaka la nakô kgotsa sekgala
    ‘Walk for eight kilometres or two hours’
    • distance or time (Walk for eight kilometres or two hours)
  • 3

    ananya
    tlhwatlhwa
    • price or exchange (We bought it for P5
    • New lamps for old)
  • 4

    go bakiwa
    ‘She was fined for speeding’
    • cause (She was fined for speeding)
  • 5

    thotloetsô
    tshireletso
    • defence or support (He fought for his country
    • Are you for us or against us?)
  • 6

    go supa
    ‘For all her wealth, she is bored’
    • used when referring to something (For all her wealth, she is bored)
  • 7

    tshwantshisô
    ‘We took him for a fool’
    • similarity or correspondence (We took him for a fool)

There are 2 main translations of for in Setswana

: for1for2

for2

go ba neng

conjunction

  • 1

    go ba neng
    ‘They hesitated, for they were afraid’ Ba ne ba êtsaêtsêga, go ba neng ba ne ba tshogilê
    • because