February 27, 2014

Translating “No Longer”

Question

How can we translate “no longer” from English to Hindi?

Answer

Let’s think about how we use this phrase in English. Someone could say: “I no longer smoke cigarettes”, or “I will wait no longer”, or “Wait no longer than two hours”.

अब और” can be used to mean “no longer”:

हम यह दुर्व्यवहार अब और नहीं सहेंगे – “We won’t tolerate this abuse any longer” OR “We will tolerate this abuse no longer!”

अब” can be used to mean “no longer”:

मैं अब सिगरेट्स नहीं पीता – “I no longer smoke cigarettes”

से ज़यादा” can be used to translate “no longer” in a comparison, e.g.:

दो घंटे से ज़यादा इंतज़ार मत करो – “Wait no longer than two hours”

Of course, there are more ways to say this too, but these are a few common patterns.