ÇÂç ¾×Á ½¡´£ Ø½Ô´ÁÔ£ýá Éç¡´Ôç or ×¼×Æ¡ÞÅÔç avaru male pakkam poohalaam-nnu irukkaaru or nenekkraaru `He intends to go to the mountains.'In some dialects, particularly western dialects (Coimbatore and Salem districts) near the Kannada-speaking area, as well as in the Tamil spoken in Karnataka State, the modal used is á£ -num `must' instead of ÁÔ£ -laam `may'. There is, however, no difference in meaning and furthermore, there is no notion of obligation intended. The meaning is still `intend to do such-and-such'. The above sentence in these dialects would thus be:
ÇÂç ¾×Á ½¡´£ Ø½Ô´á£ýá Éç¡´Ôç or ×¼×Æ¡ÞÅÔç avaru male pakkam poohanum-nnu irukkaaru or nenekkraaru `He intends to go to the mountains.'