Phrase using two verbs in Nepali
In the previous dialogue, not only did we have our first contact with present-tense verb conjugation, but we were also able to see some examples of phrases that use two verbs. The construction of these phrases is not so complex; nevertheless, special attention needs to be paid during study to the order of the words. In the phrase, “mā bhāktāpur jaana chaahānchu – I want to go to Bhaktapur,” you will recall the termination “–chu” of the conjugated verb “chaahānu – to want.” To add an action, this must be placed before the verb and the radical -nu must be replaced with the suffix –na. Thus, “I want” becomes “ma ... jaana chaahānchu” and “I want to eat” becomes “ma khaanna chaahanchu.” The same construction is present in the phrase “tāpaï haami sāngā jaana sikaunuhunchhā” where the verb “to be able to” is conjugated in its form “tāpaï,” used with the verb “jaanu” changed into “jaanaa.”
a) mā pauDi khelnā chaahānchhu.
I want to swim.
म पौडी खेल्न चाहन्छु ।
b) tāpaï git gaaũnā sāknuhunchhā?
Can you sing a song?
तपार्इ गीत गाउन सक्नुहुन्छ ?
c) haami trekking jaana chaahānchhāũ.
We want to go trekking.
हामी ट्रेकिङ जान चाहान्छौ ।
d) mā timilaï upāhaar dinā chaahānchhu
I would like to give you a gift.
म तिमीलार्इ उपहार दिन चाहन्छु ।
e) mero aamaa muktinaath jaanā chaahānuhunchhā.
My mum wants to go to Muktinath.
मेरो आमा मुक्तिनाथ जान चाहनुहुन्छ ।
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