The grammar of Pravic is simple. It is based around word roots which have noun meanings, but which can also have verb, adjective, adverb, and other meanings. So Pon means a real thing and, as a verb root, to have existence. The suffix indicates which word-
The noun root can also become an adjective with a suffix of -
In Pravic, as in English, nouns can be singular or plural and definite or indefinite. However, in English the definite and indefinite are indicated by word articles (a and the), in Pravic they are indicated by prefixes to the noun. The four forms are:
Suffixes on verbs indicate tense, as follows:
Word meanings can be changed using a range of prefixes, which apply to all word types. They always occur in the same order: a negator prefix, then adpositional prefixes, then number prefixes, then the foreign word marker, then the root.
Pravic has a range of adpositional prefixes. A list of them is given here.
Counted things can have the number as a separate adjectival, or prefixed onto the root; e.g. the two sides can be aneLemi or aLemi Nesy (note that aLem Nesy means the second side). Numbers of more than two digits tend to be adjectival; e.g. the 248 trees is usually aHolumi Nenovaty, not anenovaHolumi. The numbers are given here.
Like any language, Pravic borrows terms from other languages. However, as these terms may well contain meanings which do not fit with the cultural mappings of Pravic, foreign words are marked with a prefix go, or gog if the foreign word begins with a vowel. So the Terran word acre (a measure of area) would be rendered as gogAkar. The insult propertarian is rendered as gogArriks, where aeruis is the A-
Words can be formed using this simple map:
While pronouns are not a formal part of Pravic, there is a set of nouns which act in a pronominal role. These are:
KSotrekv is deliberately complex, both phonologically and in construction, to make it difficult for children to use. It is a mark of social self-
Questions have the same form as statements, but are spoken with a rising inflection at the end. They also often use the modal form of the verb.
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