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The negatives of the
conditional are formed by the addition of a negative morpheme È¥¥
-aatt- to the INFINITIVE (the usual rule) followed by the
conditional morpheme È(§) -aa(l). In some dialects, the form is
È¥Ü aatti instead of È¥¹Ô -aattaa
- ÂÀÔ¥¹Ô vara-aatt-aa `If (s.o.) doesn't come.'
- ¶Ô¤½Õ¹Ô¥¹Ô saappidaattaa `If (s.o.) doesn't eat'
- ¼Ö ×¶Ô§ÁÔ¥Ü ¼Ô¨ ×¶ÔèØÅ¨ nii sollaatti naan solreen
`If you don't say (it) I'll say (it).'
A morphophonemic rule reduces vowel sequences -aa to a,
i.e., ÂÀ + È¥¹Ô vara + aattaa becomes
varaattaa. Modals and defective verbs can also have negative
`If (one) can not go'
The syntactic version of the negative conditional is more common in ST than
the morphological, however. This consists of embedding a negatively-marked
verb before ýºÔ nnaa, rather than `negativizing' ýá
- ¼Ö Ø½Ô´åÜ¿§×ÁýºÔ ¼Ô¨ Ø½ÔØÅ¨ nii poohamudiyallennaa naan pooreen `If you can't go, I'll go'
- ØÂý¹Ô£ýºÔ ¶ÀÕ veendaamnnaa sari `If you
don't want (s.t.) it's okay'