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Some Other Types of Compound Verbs

May 29, 2015

Compound verbs are very common in Hindi. The most common auxiliary verbs used to form compound verbs are लेना, देना, जाना, by far. However, other verbs can be used too. Here are a few examples of other common types of … Read

Elementary Hindi

August 27, 2014

Overview The textbook Elementary Hindi is published by Tuttle Publishing, a publishing company that is dedicated to disseminating the culture and languages of Asia. It is authored by Richard Delacy, a professor of Hindi and Urdu at Harvard University, and Sudha … Read

The Many Uses of “Infinitive + होना”

July 23, 2014

In Hindi, there is a very common idiom involving an infinitive and a form of the verb होना, for instance “मुझे जाना है”, or “अगर तुम्हें जाना हो तो मुझे बताओ”. This idiom is very flexible; it can have many different … Read

First Person Verbs in Relative Clauses

June 21, 2014

In Hindi, a first person verb can be used in a relative clause. This is not the case in English. For instance, in episode 118 of “Sajan Re Jhoot Mat Bolo”, the mother says: मैं तो वो अच्छी वाली सासRead

Word Order With Nominal Conjunct Verbs

June 13, 2014

With nominal conjunct verbs, if an adverb or postpositional phrase is used with the verb, it usually comes between the noun and करना. तुम झगड़ा किस बात पर कर रहे हो – “What are you fighting about?” मुझे पता नहींRead

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