Thai Word of the Day: “mee” (มี)

“mee” (มี) can be used in the following ways:

main verb: to have / to own / to possess something

When “mee” (มี) functions as a main verb, it is always follows by a noun that we have, owned or possess.

Basic Sentence Structure: subject + mee + noun

– chan mee baan thee bpra-thed Ang-grit (I have a house in England)
– khun mee bpaak-gaa hai chan yeum mai? (Do you have a pen I can borrow?)
– kao geuab mee oo-bat-dtit-hade bon thaang-duan (He almost had an accident on the motorway)
– phuak-kao mee luuk-chai sawng kon (They have two sons)
– khun mee arai yoo nai meu kawng-khun? (What do you have in your hand?)

pronoun: There is … / There are … / There was … / There were …

When “mee” (มี) functions as a pronoun, it is placed at the beginning of the sentence in order to introduce the subject of the sentence (someone or something) that exist or happens.

Basic Sentence Structure: mee + subject

– mee oo-bat-dtit-hade bon thaang-duan (There is an accident on the motorway)
– mee kon bpai ngaan-liang yeuh meua-keun (There were a lot of people at the party last night)
– mee arai hai chan chuay khun mai? (Is there anything I can help you with?)
– mee way-laa mai yeuh laeo (There isn’t much time)
– mee nak-thawng-thio yeuh thee Hua Hin (There are a lot of tourist in Hua Hin)

Li Morrissey
Course Co-ordinator & Tutor
Thai Language Tuition UK