"मुझे मत बताओ।"

Translation:Do not tell me.

August 10, 2018

8 Comments


https://www.duolingo.com/elliottp

Could is also be Do not speak to me?

September 14, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/RanzoG

No. बताना to tell बोलना to speak, to vocalize कहना to say, to call something बात करना to converse, discuss, have words with

September 14, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/icanconfirm

What is wrong with मुझे नहीं (nahi) बताओ। ? Thanks

August 10, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/RanzoG

Oddly enough, the word नहीं is not used with commands. One generally uses न or मत.

Although this has no bearing on learning the language: There is some theory by linguists, I believe, that नहीं is a contraction of न and है, kind of like "doesn't". न is the more elemental form of "no."

August 10, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/Sivapriya15

That would make a lot of sense, especially since often when sentences are spoken in a negative, है is often omitted

October 24, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/ZelieZazou

Indeed that would make a lot of sense. In Pali, a language of ancient India related to Sanskrit, "na" was already used as a negative (I don't know if there was any other word fulfilling that purpose actually). I would be very glad if any person knowledgable in Sanskrit or Pali could tell us more about this :-)

October 29, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/ColePaulson

So is मत just a negator for commands?

August 17, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/RanzoG

जी, जनाब!

August 17, 2018
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