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Syntactic Concessive.

In addition to the `morphological' concessive form discussed in § 6.80 above, there is another form called the syntactic concessive, formed by the use of the quotative verb nnu in its conditional form () nnaa(l). By the addition of ˣ um or uuda to () -nnaa(l), we get the syntactic concessive. What is embedded before nnu is, of course, a complete sentence with a finite verb (if there is any verb), in contrast to the morphological concessive, where -aalum or aa + kuuda is added to the past stem of the verb. Thus we get sentences like:



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