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On sequential verbs and quoting
« on: May 02, 2020, 05:24:23 pm »
Ma frapo,

After the latest blog post with its example for pon, I was curious about this sentence: Tsun nekll zivup tsawng.

My question was about the scope of them because, potentially, you could stack as many as you want together until the end of the last songs ;)


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Did you ever decide on how far these can go? Can you have a sequence [of] more than two verbs? In other words, are (to put it to its extreme)
     1) oe fmi tivätxaw tsun tìnvi sivi
     2) ne kelku oe tätxaw yäpur yom hahaw
possible?

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But I don't think there should be more than two such verbs sequentially. If you need more, simply insert a tsakrr.

Of course, sequences of multiple modal verbs are excluded from this ‘rule’.



For the next one, I can’t give you a quote, unfortunately—so I have to rely on my memory. I was asking him about whether san … sìk could be used as people like to do in our quoting formula in (written) stories: “ …, ” he said, i.e., san … sìk coming initially before the quoting formula like po plltxe.

He specifically said to me that he couldn’t imagine it being used that way.

So, san … (sìk) will always come after the introduction formula like po plltxe/pawm/ätxäle si etc.

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Re: On sequential verbs and quoting
« Reply #1 on: May 02, 2020, 05:47:18 pm »
Txantsan, irayo! The usage of sequential verbs seems pretty restricted (and I think that makes sense).

Of course, sequences of multiple modal verbs are excluded from this ‘rule’.

I'm happy that constructions like oe zene nivew tsivun srivew stay possible ;D
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Re: On sequential verbs and quoting
« Reply #2 on: May 02, 2020, 05:54:12 pm »
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Re: On sequential verbs and quoting
« Reply #3 on: May 02, 2020, 06:07:44 pm »
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