Paj-Puj: Distributive Numbers

Distributive Numbers

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"Distributive numbers" are a category of number adverbs that are analogous to such English expressions as "two each" or "in fives" - i.e., they express how many of an object are distributed among different parties, or in what group sizes some object appears, acts, or is acted upon. In Uyghur, such distributions are expressed via the ablative case suffixes دىن|تىن.

With compound verbs consisting of a verb and a regular, countable object, one adds the دىن|تىن to the (cardinal) number denoting how many of the object are distributed by the verb per party. More generally, the resulting structures carry the meaning of "in groups of [number]".

We'll buy one car for each of you.
.ھەربىرىڭلارغا بىردىن ماشىنا ئالىمىز

Give two pens to each student.
.ئوقۇغۇچىلارغا ئىككىدىن قەلەم بېرىڭ


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