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Quotative -nnu Embedded.

A sentence containing the embedding marker -nnu and a finite verb cannot be embedded with -nnu before another finite verb, if the subjects of the two verbs is the same. That is, Tamil equivalent of an English sentence like `I said THAT I said THAT I would go' cannot have two 's -nnu's because the subject of the two verbs is identical. If the subject is different, as in `I said that he said he would go', two instances of -nnu's occur. That is, the first of the following examples is ungrammatical; the second is grammatical.

For sentence (xx) above to be grammatical, one verb phrase with ׶Ԩƨ nnu sonneen must be deleted or the verb changed to perfect tense: