Paj-Puj: Dropping the Possessive Suffix in Certain Compound Nouns

Dropping the Possessive Suffix in Certain Compound Nouns

بەزى بىرىككەن ئىسىمدىكى تەۋەلىك قوشۇمچىسىنىڭ چۈشۈپ قېلىشى

As a rule, one should use the third-person possessive suffix in compound nouns where the first noun "possesses", in a very abstract sense of the word, the second. For example, the compound noun پويىز بېلىتى ("train ticket(s)") would not be grammatically correct without the third-person suffix (as پويىز بېلەت). However, there DO exist some compound nouns where the third-person suffix is optional in spoken Uyghur and may be dropped [2].

arts school
سەنەئەت مەكتىپى
سەنەئەت مەكتەپ

pumpkin manta
كاۋا مانتىسى
كاۋا مانتا


  1. Personal research/experience
  2. Frederick De Jong, "A Grammar of Modern Uyghur". Houtsma Stichting: Utrecht, 2007. (p. 42)
  3. Reinhard F. Hahn, Ablahat Ibrahim, "Spoken Uyghur". University of Washington Press: Seattle, 1991. (p. 138)
  4. E. N. Nadzhip, "Modern Uigur". Nauka Publishing House: Moscow, 1971. (p. 142)