Elvish

Grammar

Basic Word Order

The most basic sentence structure of Elvish/Eladrin follows a Verb + Subject + Object order. For example the sentence, “Pali Saelys Valar” (dance Saelys Valar) means “Saelys dances with Valar.” The full word order is: (Place Phrase)+Verb+Subject+Object+(Time Phrase) modifiers are always at the end of the word it modifies. Therefore, “Tir Tolyndrai vanim pali Saelys Valar pae Jhar” (City of Tolyndrai beautiful dance Saelys Valar day last) Translates to “Saelys danced with Valar yesterday in the beautiful city of Tolyndrai.”

Tense

Tense in Elvish/Eladrin is primarily a product of of the time phrase, therefore verbs don’t typically need to be modified. To denote a future action a future time phrase is used and a past for past. Therefore “pali pae baes” (dance day next) is “will dance tomorrow,” and “pali pae Jhar” means danced yesterday.

If a later action is in the same general time frame then the time phrase can be omitted unless the speaker wishes to narrow it down to a more specific time. The example “Tir Tolyndrai vanim pali Saelys Valar pae Jhar” can be followed by “shar amin ci” (watch I he) or “I watched him” with the time phrase omitted. An action that is happening around the same time then the time phrase bryn (now) is use.

If the time Phrase sydae (today) is used then one can use either the suffix -eilo (in anticipation of) or the suffix -tys (Completed) at the end of the verb to denote whether the action will or has happened.


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Elvish

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