Present Continuous

This is used to talk about something happening at the moment or to indicate that the situation is temporary.

infinitive + a

n pduka .

root + u +    (This form evolved as a contraction of the previous one)

n pdu .

I am singing.

Both forms are used in spoken Malayalam. You can pick up whichever you are comfortable with. To form the past continuous of these forms, all you need to do is to convert to its past continuous form - yiruňňu


Another way to form continuous tense is to use the auxiliary verb iriquka. This places more emphasis on the action.

Simple past + kond iriquka

n ippom avide eθθum  - n vaňňu kond iriquka .

I will be there in a moment I am on my way (lit. I now there-will reach-I am coming)   

To form past continuous, convert to yiruňňu


root + uňňu

de trein varuňňu.

Here comes the train. (lit. look! the train is coming)

mazha peyyuňňu.

It is raining (lit. rain raining)

This form is usually used when the noun is inanimate. This is the only form that can be used with an emphatic .


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