February 4, 2014

Habitual Commands

In Hindi, the so-called iterative constructions are used to make “habitual” commands.

Notice the difference between the following two sentences:

अपने कुत्ते को हर दिन बाहर लेके जाया करो – “Take your dog outside every day”

अपने कुत्ते को बाहर लेके जाओ – “Take your dog outside”

The former is a command to do something regularly. The latter is a command to do something one time.

Consider another example:

कभी हंस भी लिया करो – “Laugh from time to time!”