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**''ala[[me]]'' "do not to us"
 
**''ala[[me]]'' "do not to us"
 
*''la[[nye]]'' "I do not, am not" (''[[mel]]in [[sé]] [[apa]] '''lanye''' [[hé]]'' *“I love him but I do not him [that one]”)<ref>[[Vinyar Tengwar 49]] p.15</ref>
 
*''la[[nye]]'' "I do not, am not" (''[[mel]]in [[sé]] [[apa]] '''lanye''' [[hé]]'' *“I love him but I do not him [that one]”)<ref>[[Vinyar Tengwar 49]] p.15</ref>
==Examples==
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*''[[alahasta]]''
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*''[[Alamanyar]]''
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*''[[alasaila]]''
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*''[[Alcorin]]''
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==See also==
 
==See also==
 
*''[[ú-]]''
 
*''[[ú-]]''
 
*''[[áva]]''
 
*''[[áva]]''
 
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*''[[ala-]]''
 
==Other versions==
 
==Other versions==
 
In another conceptual phase of Tolkien's, ''lá'' had the opposite meaning "yes"<ref>[[Vinyar Tengwar 42]] pp.32-33</ref>
 
In another conceptual phase of Tolkien's, ''lá'' had the opposite meaning "yes"<ref>[[Vinyar Tengwar 42]] pp.32-33</ref>

Revision as of 17:13, 3 January 2010

la or (whenever stressed)[1] is a negation adverb meaning "no, not"

The word can get pronominal endings as if a negative verb when a verb is not expressed, apparently where the phrase “is not” is followed by a noun or an adjective as a predicate, or where some verb is understood , as in English “I do not”.

Etymology

root LA[2]

Forms

See also

Other versions

In another conceptual phase of Tolkien's, had the opposite meaning "yes"[5]

Tolkien considered that the negation could receive tense markers however he later reconsidered it. The tenses where la was attested are:

  • la (aorist)
  • laia (present)
  • láne (past)
  • alaie (perfect)
  • lauva (future)

References

  1. Vinyar Tengwar 42 p.33
  2. Vinyar Tengwar 45 p.25
  3. Vinyar Tengwar 43
  4. Vinyar Tengwar 49 p.15
  5. Vinyar Tengwar 42 pp.32-33