"They did not drink tea."
Translation:उन्होंने चाय नहीं पी।
ने is for transitive verbs and turns the subject into oblique.
In Hindi, all transitive verbs in the perfect form (simple past, present perfect, and past perfect tenses) require a special construction called the ने construction.
In this construction:
- the postposition ने must come right after the subject
- the subject changes into oblique
What are transitive and intransitive verbs?
Transitive verbs are verbs which normally have a direct object. Some transitive verbs you know are: खाना (to eat), चलाना (to drive), ख़रीदना (to buy), etc.)
Intransitive verbs, on the other hand, never have a direct object. These include जाना (to go), आना (to come), होना (to be), etc.