* a yo

        1   2  3   4   5

I  will  be  coming
1   5   4     2   3

Instead, we have
a yoenuktuk


The term modal is adjective of mood. Modal is sometime referred to as modal verb. The main reason to distinguish modal from mood is because of the form. Modal functions as a word taking the tense suffix whereas mood is a suffix added to the verb. There are exceptions to this statement.

The difference is not only the subject noun phrase of the sentence but also the structure of verb when men or met is added to the verb. men follows the tense suffix of the verb. But there is no tense suffix when met is added. Rather it is added to the infinitive form of the verb.
Vbr + Fut . + men
VbInf. + met
is to be considered as future negative.

The infinitives cannot be declined for number, person and gender in Purki. But the infinitive form is declined for the present tense in Purki. Infinitive as such does not denote any time.

There are no evidences to state that these forms are compound verbs. It is possible to argue that these are phrases consisting of a noun phrase and a verb. The structure would be



Types of Phrases


Noun Phrase
A noun phrase construction may consist of a noun alone or noun with other syntactic categories. As the term itself indicates the presence of atleast one noun in the phrase is obligatory. The occurrence of a noun in the noun phrase construction is obligatory. But other categories like adjectives and demonstratives are optional. These categories may or may not occur in a noun phrase construction.

In the following sentences we have noun phrase constructions in which nouns alone occur

bomo naqpo uk
   1       2     3

(the) girl is black
         1  3    2

laqcuks rimo uk
    1    2 3

(the) tree is tall
         1    3   2





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