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aahu `expected result.'

The VAM aahu is completive, but also adds a nuance of finality, i.e. that the result was expected, or is customary.

Because of the non-agreement of the apparent subject with ȫ aaccu, sentences with this AM often translate best in English by passive constructions, where the `agent' of the action is not specified. This is apparent in the example immediately above; the literal translation might be `the seeing of these bills is finally completed' but the looser, better translation is the `passive' one shown above. Since Tamil has no real passive, however, the passive translations in English must be attributed to the `agent-less' nature of the Tamil sentence.



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