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ᎤᏚᎵᎭ uduli - S/he wants it.
ᏅᏬᏘ ᎠᏆᏚᎵᎭ ᏥᏍᎪᎵ ᎠᏇᎯᏍᏓᏁ. - I want some medicine for my headache.

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The reportative ending on Cherokee verbs works like the past tense ending "v'i" and is often used in stories. It is a past tense form that carries the idea of "this is what I was told" or "this is what I heard". The ᎡᎢ "e'i" syllables are used in this suffix. In colloquial speech the final 'i' is usually dropped.

Examples:
ᎤᏴᏣ ᎨᏎᎢ (uyvtsa gese'i) "it was cold, I was told."
ᎤᏬᏂᏎᎢ (uwonise'i) "s/he spoke, so I heard."
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Announcing the Raven Rock Cherokee-English Dictionary! This is the first ever dictionary realization of Duane King's word lists in his 1975 dissertation on the Cherokee language of the Qualla Boundary in North Carolina! Verbs are shown with the 5 principal stems just as in D. Feeling's Cherokee-English Dictionary.
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Rabbit - ᎡᎵᏊ ᏣᏫᏒᏅ ᎾᎥ ᏱᎦᏁᎳ ᏥᏍᏚ, ᎠᏎᏃ ᏌᎷᏱ ᎤᏂᎸᏆᏔ. Turkey - ᎡᏆ ᏥᏍᏆ ᎬᎾ. ᏧᎸᏌᏓ ᎦᏂᏓᏛ ᏧᎩᏓᎵ. ᎣᏍᏓ ᎦᏰᏍᏗ.

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