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The consonants in parentheses are deleted when in word-final position, e.g., ؽ ava pooraa `she goes', but are present if suffixes are added, e.g., avalukku `to her' or ؽ? ava pooraalaa? `Does she go?' Inanimate nouns are never marked for plural, but always take the neuter singular---there is no way of referring to more than one such noun without numerals or (optional) plural marker, e.g., ״ ؽԫ anda rentu bassu anke pooccu `Those two buses went there.' Note that the verb `(to) be` iru has a different PNG form than other verbs in the neuter present, i.e., the expected form is usually replaced by irukku `it is' or by 硴 irukk-adu. (In the past the expected form irundadu `it was' is unproblematical.)



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