Commanding someone using “sana”

In bahasa Indonesia, “sana” literally means “there” like this sentence shows:

(1) Nanti malem aku bakal ke sana.
– I will go there tonight.

However, another of its important use is to make a casual yet strong command. Some example sentences:

(1) Kerjain PR sana!
– Go do your homework!

(2) Sana main di luar!
– Go play outside!

(3) Mandi dulu sana!
– Go take a bath first!

As can be seen, “sana” can be put either at the front or the end of the sentence. It has a sense of urgency, e.g. “do it immediately”. It also implies anger or annoyance on the speaker’s part, and the speaker won’t really accept a “no”. If you want to associate “sana” with its literal meaning “there”, you can remember it as having the connotation “go there and do what I told”.

It’s used when there is a very close relationship between the speaker and the one commanded, where such strong words are acceptable. Examples include a parent telling their child and a boy being angry towards his older sister.

– Jangan ngenet mulu, belajar sana!

8 Responses to “Commanding someone using “sana””

  1. yang punya Says:

    Jangan nge-blog melulu, belajar sana!


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  3. Ade Fr Says:

    Terusin lagi postingnya sana, hehe.
    True, true what you describe it. You are great for having described the word “there” very well.

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