Tatari Faran Grammar


Temporal Expressions

Temporal Postpositional Phrases

We have already seen the use of temporal adverbs for expressing time. Another way of indicating time is by using temporal phrases. The postposition iti means “when”, “at the time of”, or “during”. It can be used for constructing more complex expressions of time than is feasible using adverbs alone. For example:

sifan nara iti tapa huu sa misanan dei bata.
Yesterday afternoon I walked to the village.

Note that the prepositional phrase sifan nara iti is acting as the subject NP in this example. It should not be misinterpreted to be a postpositional phrase followed by a clause in imperative/subjunctive word order. Tatari Faran does not require the subject to be in a core noun case.

This particular example can also be expressed using temporal adverbs:

huu sa tapa sifan nara misanan dei bata.
Yesterday afternoon I walked to the village.

However, the postposition iti is capable of handling more complex temporal expressions. For example:

tahani abuara iti hamra huu nei kutakaranim ko aram.
When the volcano erupted, I saw a Kutakaranim.
Or, During the time of the volcano's eruption, I saw a Kutakaranim.


Last updated 26 Jan 2006.

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