Adding suffixes is one of the most important things in Thamil grammar. The rules for adding suffixes will be used in a large majority of the remaining lessons. The rules presented below aren’t all the rules, but they are the more commonly used ones.
So far, we’ve come across 2 instances of adding suffixes. The first time was forming a question. Not coincidentally, each sentence ended in a consonant, so the last rule was used. Then came present tense verbs, where a verb suffix was added to “verb root + கிற்/க்கிற்”. Since கிற் and க்கிற் both end in a consonant, the last rule was used again.
These rules for adding suffixes will always apply unless otherwise specified.
Now let’s try examples using the ending for compound subjects.
For each member of a compound subject, the suffix -உம் is added to each word.
Since compound subjects refer to more than 1 person or thing, the subject thus becomes plural.
தம்பியும் தங்கையும் கொடுக்கிறார்கள் = “Younger brother and younger sister give.”
அம்மாவும் நானும் உட்கார்கிறோம் = “Mother and I sit.”
ஆணும் பெண்ணும் உட்கார்கிறார்கள் = “The male and the female sit.”
Make compound subjects from the given words.Ex: சேலை, வேட்டி