Reply To: Singular/Plural and Male/Female Words in Pali


Yes. The last verse explains it. “Kāmā” is used in plural there.

  • Pali (starting with Magadhi) is an ancient language. Those days, there was no written form for any language.
  • Thus, there were no formal “grammar rules.” 
  • That is why Pali does not have an alphabet. I believe the Sinhala language was formulated based on Pali, and its alphabet was designed” for Pali sounds. In any Pali grammar book, the alphabet (primary sounds) shown there is the same as the Sinhala alphabet. See, for example, “A New Course in Reading Pali” by J. W. Gair and W. S. Karunatillake” (2009), p. xiii. As we know, the Pali Tipitaka was written in the Sinhala script 2000 years ago.
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