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This article contributes to the case for reconstructing verb agreement for Proto-Tibeto-Burman. It shows first that, given the distribution of cognate agreement systems across the family, there is no alternative to reconstructing it for the proto-language. Secondly it describes the paths by which agreement has been lost in those languages where it is absent. Evidence is presented to demonstrate the prevalence of evidence for the PTB paradigm in languages across the family. It is shown that,fatcat:ds6x2uooazbxrcur4lm6s7vkqq