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The Dative Case Posted by on Dec 30, 2009

When an object is transferred to someone or for someone, the receiver of the object will be in the dative case. Here are some examples: I gave him the ball : मैंने उसको गेंद दी  You brought food for me : आप मेरे लिए खाना लाए Ramesh sings for you : रमेश आपके लिए गाती है We gave them a letter (we gave a…

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Hinglish Posted by on Dec 27, 2009

Hinglish is a term used to describe the mixing of Hindi and English words in one sentence. In India, you’ll hear some quirky English phrases that have formed from the grammar and syntax of Hindi. Some of these phrases are also idomatic, and you might at first have to ponder the meanings of these phrases. You…

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The Active and Passive Voice Posted by on Dec 24, 2009

The instrumental case can also be used to convert a speech from an active voice to a passive voice. In the active voice, the subject performs the verb. In the passive voice the verb is performed on the object by or through the subject. The subject acts as a king of instrument. Here are some…

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Must See Nighttime Attractions Posted by on Dec 21, 2009

India is a host to a number of beautiful attractions. Some of my favorite attractions are those that are more beautiful to behold in the nighttime. This is not an exhaustive list, but here are some of my favorite sites. लाल क़िला or Red Fort is located in Delhi (दिल्ली), India. Red Fort was built by Mughal…

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Indian Sweets Posted by on Dec 18, 2009

Anyone craving Indian sweets? Here are some of my favorite kinds of sweets! जलेबी is the Indian version of a funnel cake. It is orangy-yellowish in color, but sometimes white as well. A जलेबी is a snack that looks as if several rings are intertwined together. First a batter consisting of flour, saffron, sugar and some butter is…

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The Instrumental Case Posted by on Dec 15, 2009

In a sentence like this, “I eat rice with a spoon”, “spoon” would be written in the instrumental case in Hindi. This is because the spoon is used as an “instrument” to eat the rice. In English, the instrumental case can be indicated by using words like, “by” or “with”. Let’s take a look at…

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Accusative Case Posted by on Dec 12, 2009

The accusative case marks the object of the sentence. So in a sentence such as, “I eat rice”, rice will be the कर्म or the object of the sentence. The accusative suffix marker is को. So the sentence “I eat mango” will be आम को. When को is attached to a singular masculine noun that…

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