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"मुझे मत बताओ।"

Translation:Do not tell me.

August 10, 2018

11 Comments


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/elliottp

Could is also be Do not speak to me?


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/RanzoG

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


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/icanconfirm

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


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/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."


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Sivapriya15

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


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/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 :-)


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/ColePaulson

So is मत just a negator for commands?


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/RanzoG

जी, जनाब!


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Jose249477

Why is "do not tell to me" wrong?


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Sivapriya15

"Do not tell to me" is improper grammar. No native English speaker would say this.

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