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Habitual Negative.

The Habitual Negative is the only productive negative form in Tamil that is not formed by affixing some negative morpheme to the INFINITIVE. Rather, it is a SENTENTIAL negative, formed by adding lle to the present verbal noun.

Note that this form only means Habitual Negative when there is a time adverb like ׽ poduvaa `generally' or Ի saadaaranamaa `usually' in the sentence. Without these adverbs, the sentence is interpreted to mean IMMEDIATE FUTURE NEGATIVE.





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