The S-O-V structure

When you add a verb to your sentences, it will always be added to the end of the sentence and it will contain the information about person, number, gender and so on added as suffixes that you learned in the previous section of this book.

And that is basically it what you need to form any sort of simple sentences. Start with the subject then the objects in the right case and end with the verb with the right suffixes.

Tamil is a null-subject language. That means, you don't actually need a subject to identify the subject. It is possible because the person, gender and number are described with the verb suffixes already.

Interesting to note is that the objects within the sentence don't have to follow a certain order. You can for example say I opened the door with the keys from outside in these six different ways:

நான் வெளியிலிருந்து கதவை சாவியுடன் திரந்தேன்nāṉ veḷiyiliruntu katavai cāviyuṭaṉ tirantēṉ நான் வெளியிலிருந்து சாவியுடன் கதவை திரந்தேன்nāṉ veḷiyiliruntu cāviyuṭaṉ katavai tirantēṉ நான் கதவை வெளியிலிருந்து சாவியுடன் திரந்தேன்nāṉ katavai veḷiyiliruntu cāviyuṭaṉ tirantēṉ நான் கதவை சாவியுடன் வெளியிலிருந்து திரந்தேன்nāṉ katavai cāviyuṭaṉ veḷiyiliruntu tirantēṉ நான் சாவியுடன் கதவை வெளியிலிருந்து திரந்தேன்nāṉ cāviyuṭaṉ katavai veḷiyiliruntu tirantēṉ நான் சாவியுடன் வெளியிலிருந்து கதவை திரந்தேன்nāṉ cāviyuṭaṉ veḷiyiliruntu katavai tirantēṉ

In poetic writing, you can even move the subject around. The only thing that you won't be able to change is the verb at the end of the sentence.