"हर आदमी स्कूल जाता है।"

Translation:Every man goes to school.

August 6, 2018

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Can हर आदमी mean everybody? If not, how is it said?


No. That would be हर कोई or सब लोग


So admi always means man (male person) and not man as human in general? I was wondering since I know this is a loanword from Farsi and there adami (historically) was also used for human in generalized sentences.


Depends on the context. आदमी is a lot like the English word 'man' in that it is sometimes used to mean 'human' or 'person' but is still an explicitly gendered word.

Eg: 'कुत्ता आदमी का सबसे अच्छा दोस्त है'- Dog is man's best friend. Here, you are making a generalised sentence where आदमी does mean human.

'आम आदमी'- Common man. Usually includes women but you can also have sentences like भारत की आम औरत आम आदमी से कम कमाती है (The common woman of India earns less than the common man).

It may also introduce some ambiguity. 'कल हमारे सारे आदमी हड़ताल पर होंगे' - 'Tomorrow, all our men (may mean 'workers' here in this context) will be on strike'. Will the female employees also be on strike or will they be working as usual?

In general, if you are comfortable using the word 'man' in an English sentence, you can probably translate it to आदमी.


आदमी: Interesting that Adam is considered the first man.


The word does come from the name Adam. It has been borrowed into Hindi from Persian, which in turn has borrowed it from Arabic.

The name of Adam (the Biblical/Quranic figure) is written आदम (aadam) in Hindi which is perhaps closer to the Arabic pronunciation than the English one.
You can see this in the idiomatic expression, 'बाबा आदम का ज़माना' which is used to refer to a time in the distant past.
(The English name, when used for contemporary figures, would usually be transliterated as एडम)

Interestingly, another Hindi word for 'person', मनुष्य comes from मनु, the name/title of the first man/progenitor of the human race at the start of each temporal cycle according to Hinduism.


In normal conversation, you are correct. आदमी is used to refer इंसान (human), as every person.


Har aadami means every man

Har kohi means every body


Har means every and admi means persom or ma


Har admi means, every man not everybody


No हर आदमी mean every man


Would "All men go to school" also be acceptable


All men go to school translates to सारे आदमी स्कूल जाते हैं। Every man goes to school translates to हर आदमी स्कूल जाता है । However, both sense the same but differ in literal translation.


Seems that you are confusing SAARE & HAR. Strictly speaking, the former refers to countable, finite and sth that you are aware of in terms of its quantity. The latter refers to sth whose quantity is not known even if it fulfills the criterias of being countable and finite. Both get used interchangeably at times causing confusion.

In the current context, you are talking about the entire population.... every person.... although countable and finite, the exact quantity is not known.... hence, it is HAR AADMI and not SAARE AADMI


i wrote that too and got it wrong :(


In English, after every, you use the singular form of the word (every day, every man, every time, etc.).


That's what I put, but doesn't accept it as correct


I find it interesting how "jata" resembles "go to" in both sound and meaning.


It's possible they are divergent forms of the same Proto Indo-European root word. PIE linguists on these forums will have to chime in.


Thank you, Vinay, for sharing your wealth of knowledge here in the comments sections! Since you seem to be quite knowledgeable, can you explain why it is in English, the sentence is "... goes to school," and in Hindi the 'to' is not accounted for?


With the verbs आना and जाना, the postposition को (corresponding to 'to') is usually dropped. You can think of this being similar to a sentence like 'I am going home' in English. While English drops the preposition for just 'home', Hindi does it for most objects.

But even when it is dropped, the fact that a postposition is supposed to be there in the sentence still influences its grammar. For example, consider the sentence 'पीटर मेरे स्कूल जाता है' (Peter goes to my school'). You can see that the noun phrase 'मेरे स्कूल' is in the oblique case. But for it to be in the oblique case, it has to be the object of a postposition. We resolve this by saying that it is the object of an 'implicit' postposition that's present between मेरे स्कूल and जाता. People in these forums have been referring to this as a 'ghostposition'.


Thank you! Since I'm still struggling with what exactly a preposition is and is not, in this sentence specifically, is the preposition 'is'?


The preposition is 'to'.


Isn't the "loop" on the top at the end of "man" a feminine indicator? I'm very new so please excuse if this is a dumb question.


Most words ending in the vowel sound 'ī' (which is what the loop indicates) are feminine but there are quite a few exceptions like आदमी (man), हाथी (elephant), पानी (water) etc which are masculine.
Similarly, most words ending in the vowel sound 'ā' (ा) are masculine but exceptions like महिला (woman/lady), चिड़िया (Bird), माला (garland) exist.

These are only rules of thumb to help you guess the gender of an unknown word and are not actual rules that the language abides by. The grammatical gender of a word is decided by a combination of its meaning, sound, etymology and historical usage and it's impossible to know it for sure just by looking at the word. This is also true for many other languages with a concept of grammatical gender (like Spanish and French).


Thank you for your excellent reply! I did not understand about the exceptions.


हर (every) आदमी (man ) स्कूल (school) जाता है ( goes )।


Her in Turkish also means every, is this a borrowing from Persian or Arabic?


Persian was the official language of many dynasties that ruled in India at various points of time. So, Hindi has quite a few loanwords from Persian. Arabic loanwords also exist but are much fewer in number. In fact, a lot of Arabic loanwords came into Hindi/Urdu via Persian.


Why man it can also be woman


Can you say "all men" ?


'Goes' tab lagta hai jab sangya ekvachan ho aur 'go' jab vo bahuvachan ho.
Yaad rakhne ki baat hai ki 'I' aur 'you' shabdon ke saath 'go' lagta hai, iske bavajood ki ve ekvachan hain.


"All men go to school," was rejected. Are "each man" and "all men" not interchangeable? How would one say "all men go to school" if not this?


Can 'every' in Hindi also mean 'all'...as in 'all men go to school?'


All men go to school. Is that a proverb or just a convenient sentence,


Just a random sentence.


Every body goes to school


School = पाठशाला

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