Serial Verbs in Urdu


  • Zafeer Hussin Kiani, Nadeem Haider Bukhari


This study aims to explore the nature of serial verbs in Urdu. Serial verb
constructions have two verbs that occur in a sequence, without any
intervention between them and the construction indicates two actions
simultaneously. The data for this study was collected from personal
observation and books. The data was analyzed by applying various tests
suggested by Bukhari (2009). The study confirms the existence of serial verbs
in Urdu. The Urdu serial verbs have their own domain and are different from
complex predicate constructions. They share the tense that is marked on the
last verb. These verbs do not permit any marker of coordination or
subordination in the structure and share the same subject and object. The
serial verbs also share the negation marker when it precedes the first verb in
the construction. In Urdu serial verb constructions, the final verb shows
agreement and non-final verb appears in root form. This final verb agrees
with the highest nominative argument in number and gender.


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Zafeer Hussin Kiani, Nadeem Haider Bukhari. (2023). Serial Verbs in Urdu. JSSH, 30(1). Retrieved from