Explan:attributive verb

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The sometimes called, Attributive verb is a type of verbal adjective; that is a word which functions as an adjective but is derived from a verbal root.


The attributive verb is a type of verbal adjective; that is a word which functions as an adjective, but is derived from a verbal root.

Verb bases may take -(v)in endings which although identical in form, are distinct from, the possessive adjective suffix -in ending nouns.

Not many Pāli grammar guides specifically describe verb forms ending with -in (see Duroiselle top of pg 102), However in Coulson's 'Teach Yourself Sanskrit' it appears that such verbs can be rendered in English by adding -ing. Thus they are similar to but distinct from present participles.

They act like non-finite verbs in that they form a verb phrase, possibly taking objects, which then plays the role of an attributive adjective in the larger sentence. For instance:

The cat, sitting on the mat, is mine.

Derivation[edit | edit source]

Pali particple -in