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G.V.Natarajan Compound Verbs
       Two verbs are compounded in a compound verb phrase. Here V1 is either an adverbial participle or an infinitive, where V1 is of a resticted category. Verbs such as, hi: ‘give’, wa: ‘come’, par ‘to be able’, han ‘to go’, etc., come under this category.
ad na: pollo: ke:njhi:t
‘she listened to my words’ (literally ‘she listened to me and gave’)

go:a: mirri: wa:t
‘horse came galloping’ (literally ‘having run horse came’)

ninne: mudiya:l ·olsi: hattur
‘the oldman died and went yesterday’

nanna: tinji: paro:n
‘I am not able to eat’ Complex Verb Phrase
       Complex verb phrases are very relevently found in usage. In this type of phrases the verb ‘to do’ follows a noun or adjective.
nanna: ade:n bane:k ki:ka:n
‘I shall beautify it’

ba:ta:, nanna: wo:n pu:ce: ki:ta:n?
‘what? did I ask him?’

nanna: ni:k biswa:s ke:wo:n
‘I do not believe you’
       In yet another type of complex verb phrase the V1 is the adverbial participle and V2 is inflected verb.
ga:o: tinji: nay na: aga: wa:t
            V1                     V2
‘having eaten food the dog came on to me’

ga:o: asi: nan we:a: da:ka:n
‘having cooked food I shall go for hunting’

In another type of complex verb phrase both V1 and V2 are in participal forms.

na: pollo: ke:nji: wo:r kaba: ke:so:r matto:r
                 V1                        V2
‘after listening (or having listened) to me they kept on working’
kal unji: wo:r gu:so:r matto:r ‘after drinking (or having drunk) liquor he went on sleeping’
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