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The copula in Terbian is shown by a defective irregular verb, whose base stem is just n-. This stem can be declined for tense, aspect and mood, though only in the non-perfect forms. The Irrealis forms are suppletive (with stem īd-).
|Present/Prospective/Realis||PRO||noro||‘will be, may be’|
|Present/Imperfect/Irrealis||PRS.IRR||īdz||‘may be, could be, should be’|
|Past/Narrative/Irrealis||NAR.IRR||īdiy||‘might be, could be’|
The copula agrees with its subject in number and mood. The subject agreement mark appears after the stem.
Zalkwamsūt noro lan skībardr.
Zalkwamsūt will be your husband.
Agyamazu nans hwēradu.
The monks were hungry.
Han gatr īdza babin.
That noise could be a mouse.