A CONTRASTIVE STUDY BETWEEN ENGLISH AND TETUM TERIK OF USING SIMPLE PRESENT TENSE

Sebastião Pereira, Jose Antonio Sarmento, Aida Moniz Alves

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The objective of this study is to discover similarities and the differences between English and Tetum Terik (TT). The researcher used the Simple Present Tense to identify the difficulties of the Native Speakers of TT in Naeboruk of Uma–Uain Kraik in Viqueque. The researcher used a qualitative comparative descriptive study with the 30 sentence pattern of TT. Four Native TT Speakers become informants who translate the text. The researcher conducted from 9 October to 7 November 2019. Furthermore, the researcher used the structure interviewed to collect the data. A contrastive was utilized to analyze the data. The result proved that TT and English affirmative verbal sentences’ patterns have similarities in Syntax and Semantic. The structure of the word of SVO and meaning this is the same. That is why the TT belongs to the Austronesia language. The differences between English and TT occurred at the third person singular of Simple Present Tense. The affirmative sentences have always added the morpheme (-s/-es).   The meaningful unit to modify the base form of the verb. The TT native speakers faced the difficulties in constructing a sentence of using third-person singular. In constructing of negative sentences in English Language have auxiliary ‘do/does not’ and linking verbs ‘am/is/are not’ but TT negative sentence is ‘la’.

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