Georgian/Word Order

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Word order in Georgian is not very strict. One common sentence structure features the sequence subject - indirect object - direct object - verb. For example, the sentence "I am writing a letter to my mother" can be expressed as follows (the glosses use the abbreviations NOM = nominative case, DAT = dative case, PRES = present screeve):

Me dedas ts'erils vts'er.
I-NOM my mother-DAT letter-DAT write-PRES

This sentence could also occur with the constituent order subject - verb - direct object - indirect object. Since the verb encodes information about all these arguments, any of them can always be dropped (see pro-drop, null subject). It is not uncommon for pronoun arguments to be dropped.