July 24, 2013

Conjunctive Participle + रखना

Consider this sentence:

इस आविष्कार ने दुनिया को बदल कर रख दिया” (“This invention changed the world”).

A conjunctive participle followed by a form of रखना often indicates an action that has long-lasting or permanent effects. This makes sense; रखना can mean “to keep, to maintain”, etc.

Thus, this idiom is another type of continuity idiom.

Here’s another example:

इस खोज ने वैज्ञानिक समुदाय को हिलाकर रख दिया है” (“This discovery shook up the scientific community”). The sense is that the discovery “shook up” the community, and the effects and implications are long-lasting.