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Superlatives of adjectives: locative plus emphatic.

In Tamil, superlatives may be formed by use of the locative case plus emphatic ee. For example, English `This is the biggest house in (all of) Madurai' is expressed in Tamil, `This in all Madurai big house.'

Note that in English the realm or domain of the superlative degree can be omitted, i.e., `This is the biggest house'. In Tamil the realm cannot be omitted because the locative and emphatic are attached to the word defining the realm, i.e., in all of Madurai, in this school, in America, etc.



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