“In”, “to”, “at” in Nepali
In Nepali, there is an important concept called postposition. While English use small word placed before the words it accompanies, Nepali uses a different way. There fore we talk about “postposition” when referring to small words that are added to the word it accompanies. “-maa” is one of them.
Postposition “–maa(मा):” this very frequent postposition means “to,” “in,” “at.” Like all the postpositions, it is located at the end of the word. We can form expressions such as “dui māhinā-maa - दुर्इ महिनामा – in two months,” “gaaũ-maa - गाँउमा – in the village,” “ghār-maa - घरमा – at home,” “kitaab-maa - किताबमा }– in the book.”
a) mā ghār-maa khaanchhu.
I eat in the house.
म घरमा खान्छु ।
b) tāpaï pokhāraa-maa bāsnuhunchhā.
You live in Pokhara.
तपार्इ पोखरामा बस्नुहुन्छ ।
c) chiyaa tābul-maa chhā.
The tea is on the table.
चिया टेबलमा छ ।
d) yo chitaa cup-maa rakhnus.
Put the tea in the cup.
यो चिया कपमा राख्नुस् ।
e) mā ek hāptā-maa france-maa pheri jaanchhu.
I will return to France in one week.
म एक हप्तामा फ्रान्समा फेरी जान्छु ।
f) wāhã biswā bidyalaya-maa kaam gārnuhunchhā.
He/She works at the university.
वहाँ विश्वविधालयमा काम गर्नुहुन्छ ।
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