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The Imperative.

Tamil verbs exhibit a number of forms which express commands or exhortations. These are the imperative singular non-polite, the imperative singular polite, and the imperative plural polite. There is also the `hortative' form which is actually the modal `may', but which can also be interpreted as a 1st person plural imperative `let's (do something'.

Verbs are ordinarily listed in the dictionary in the stem form which is identical to the imperative singular non-polite form. Suffixes are then added directly to this stem. This is the formally least complex of all verb forms.

The Singular polite forms are rare in most dialects, but may be used between high status equals, or in cases of doubt.

Harold F. Schiffman
Sat Nov 2 21:16:08 EST 1996