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    10.   pfoyi peno1 ma 2 -ta-io3
        make2 him1 go3
    11   lolia-yi peno1 oli-okhe2 odzü (mo)khru-we3
        Lolia1 is being made to4 wash3 dishes2
b. 41 1. mohiu   ‘be clean’ (tr.)
      so mo*hiu ‘to clean’ (tr)
    2.  masa ‘be empty’ (tr)
      so masa ‘ to empty ; to vacate’ (tr)
    3.  mohiu ‘be dry’ (intr)
      so mohiu ‘to dry’ (tr)
c. 42 1. acu ‘to dress (one self)’ (intr)
      acu pi ‘to dress (others)’ (tr)
      a-no1 pfoyi2 acu pie3 I1 dressed3 him2
    2.  zhi ‘to put on upper garmets’ (intr)
      zhi pi ‘to put on upper garments’ (tr)
      a-no1 a na pfoo-yi2 zhi pie3 I1 dressed3 my son2 with (his) upper garments3
The Lexical Causative
A verb which is lexically marked for the causative is a lexical causative verb. The Mao lexical causative verb is of two kinds: (a) lexical causative verb which is formally the same as the corresponding intransitive (b) lexical causative which ihas no intransitive congener at all.
a. 43.  kocu ‘spruce; arrange’
    (tr & intr)  
    phutsü ‘be tight; tighten’
    (tr & intr)  
    kada ‘to fight’
    (tr & intr)  
    zhu ‘to sell’
    (tr & intr)  
    koshu ‘to pile up’
    (tr & intr)  
    kome ‘to sink’
    (tr & intr)  
    ‘to spin’
    (tr & intr)  
d. 44.  mosü ‘to kick’
    le ‘ to peel; to pare’
    masi ‘to pinch’
    la ‘to pour out’

In terms of phonic marking, the opposition with nonembedded predicates is binary: future/non-future. Notably, verbs embedded in morphological constructions may make use of the putative ternary opposition of present -past-future cf. the relative participial construction ( Future tense is marked by le postposed to the verb (complex). It often carries modal meanings like determination, definiteness etc.
45 .1.  manini1 sodu-no2 mikrü-li3 lo4 le5
    Manini1 will 5 go down4 to Imphal3 tomorrow2
  2.  ai1 will2 ocü3 vu ta4 le5
    I1 will5 go4 home3 today2
  3.  okobar1 khro-li2 mikrüli3 so4 shu5 le 6
    Imphal1 will6 be4 very5 hot4 in the month of 2 October 1
  4. mahibo1 ico2 cü-hi34 he5 bu6 le7
    Mathibo1 will7 be6 at5 home4 now2 /at this2 time3
  5.  a1 na pfoo2 izho3 vu-na-hi4 azhü-ko-mo-so5 paas (so)6 le 7
    my1 son2 will7 ufailingly5 pass6 this3 time 4
  6. ahi)1 sodu2 cihi34 le5
    we (incl. du.)1 will5 write4 (s) letter3 tomorrow2
  7.  a1 kasamüi-no2 ayi3 vu 4 sa lo5 le6
    my1 friends2 will6 come to/and4 take5 me 3
  8.  pfo1hu2 kaxi3 he4 bu5 le6
    he1 will6 be5 here4 for two3 days2
  9.  pfo1 hayi2 sho3 le4
    he1 will4 drink3 rice beer2
  10.  ni1 adicü2 bu3 le4
    where2 will4 you1 be3 ?
  11.  ai1 niyi2 da pi3 le4
    I1 will4 beat3 you2
  12.  lolia ahĩ1 adzü2 le3
    Lolia and I1 will3 marry2


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