There are 2 main translations of negative in Setswana

: negative1negative2

negative1

mo go ganetsang

adjective

  • 1

    mo go ganetsang
    ‘a negative answer’ karabô e e ganetsang
    • that says 'no'
  • 2

    lebeletse dintlha tse di maswê fêla tsa seêmô
    ‘Don't be so negative’ O seka wa lebêlêla dintlha tse di maswê fêla
    • looking only at the bad aspects of a situation
  • 3

    go sena se se tlhatlhobiwang
    ‘Her pregnancy test was negative’ Tlhatlhobô ya gagwê ya boimana ga e supe fa a imile
    • showing no sign of what is being tested for
  • 4

    kwa tlase ga lefela
    • less than nought
    • minus

Usage

The opposite of sense 1 is affirmative; the opposite of the other senses is positive.

There are 2 main translations of negative in Setswana

: negative1negative2

negative2

puo e e ganetsang

nounPlural negatives

  • 1

    puo e e ganetsang
    • a negative statement
  • 2

    tletse kganetso
    • a developed photographic film from which a photo can be made