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Grammar Guide

Part C: The Sentence Expanded

4. Connected Sentences
A series of sentences may be connected together into a complex sentence by the use of one or more connectors, of which there are six; viz. , ‘when, while, and’, ‘when, if’, ¿á/hoþá/ ‘because’, kúlú, ‘but’, dékúlí ‘even if’, ttvu/híttvu ‘while still’.

Shéghestü ¿ú hiya ‘When I had eaten, I started off’
Eghálana dé beba nóres¿ü ha híle ‘If he is working, I will not wait for him’
Beghq ¿onéþü hoþá hílcve ‘Because somebody stole it, he is angry’
nághiøní nü kúlí horés¿ü híle ‘I bought it but I don’t want it’
øeghänídher dé kúlí beka wastßagh híle. ‘Even if he died, I would not cry’
eyer násther ttvu cheth ghes¿ü ‘While I was still staying there I saw a duck’
 
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