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The Case System

Tamil nouns consist of a noun stem (or root) plus a number of suffixes known as case suffixes in other languages. The traditional analysis of the Tamil case system delimits seven cases, as in Sanskrit, but in modern Tamil this delimitation does not function very well, and one must admit that many other suffixes, which in some analyses are known as postpositions, are not different in function from the traditional cases.