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Use of aspect marker aahu with modal dum

. The aspect marker aahu (cf. § 3.615) is often used to indicate that the action of the main verb to which it is attached is the `expected result'. Thus, a sentence like ؽӥ ԫ poost vandaaccu means `the mail has come, as was expected', or `the mail finally came'.

When the modal num `must' is affixed to a verb marked with the aspect marker aahu, the construction means `x MUST happen because y expects it' and thus indicates that a great deal of certainty or definiteness is involved. This is perhaps equivalent to the English adverb `absolutely' rather than `definitely', i.e. `You absolutely have to come' (for many speakers) is more definite than `You definitely have to come'. Compare:

Since aahu is an aspect marker, it is added to the PAST stem (the AVP) of the verb.

Vasu Renganathan
Sat Nov 2 21:16:08 EST 1996