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aavadu in isolation.

When only one -aavadu appears, its meaning, if attached to a numeral, is ORDINAL, i.e. equivalent to English `-th': naalaavadu `fourth'. If attached to a single noun (phrase) the meaning is `at least': naanaavadu pookalaam `at least I may go'. aavadu may be attached to ͢ ettane `how many':

͢ idu ettanaavadu tadave? `This is the how- manieth time?'

aavadu and an alternative form ȣ aam are used for dates: ԣ () ػ idu anjaam (anjaavadu) teeti `This is the fifth (day) of the month'.



Haorld_F.Schiffman