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"तुम्हें सोना चाहिए।"

Translation:You should sleep.

August 21, 2018



Just for fun -- You want GOLD !


Haha, you beat me to it!


bahut maaza hai :)


Want and need have both been accepted translations of chahiye in other sentences, but need wasn't accepted here. Is there a best translation of chahiye among these options?


Out of curiosity, do you remember if you entered "You need to sleep" or "You need sleep"? The former is a valid translation.

When चाहिए is used along with the infinitive form of a verb (here-सोना-to sleep), it becomes 'need to' or 'should' (i.e [verb]+चाहिए=should [verb]) .

चाहिए is want/need when used with a noun (i.e, [noun]+चाहिए=need [noun]). But 'सोना' does not mean the noun 'sleep' so "You need sleep" is not a correct translation to this sentence.

However, as Pramod454198 has pointed out, सोना has another unrelated meaning - the noun 'gold'. So, the sentence तुम्हें सोना चाहिए can be used to demonstrate the second meaning of चाहिए as well and be translated as "You need/want gold".


I read सोना as the noun sleep, like खाना can be the noun food instead of the infinitive of eating, so I translated "You want sleep." But it was marked wrong. I guess सोना cannot mean the noun sleep?


The noun 'sleep' is नींद.


Sam362597, your post is a month old, so you might have figured it out by now. Sorry, if my response is redundant. My modest input: In a construction "infinitive form of the verb +चाहिए", the word चाहिए means "should" - for example: "सोना चाहिए - should sleep", or "जाना चाहिए - should go". While in the meaning of want /need infinitive + "चाहती (f.), चाहता (m.), चाहते (pl.)" forms are used.


Thanks for this. It's weird that Duo's the first learning resource that's set it out in the this way - even Rupert Snell's TY Hindi doesn't give 'should' as a translation for 'chahiye' ... only 'need' and 'want'.


Thanks for this information. My limited knowledge in Hindi is based solely on what Duo teaches. The discussions are an excellent source of additional information.


Isn´t it overly pedantic, or even unjustified, to reject the translation "you need to sleep"?


'You need to sleep' should definitely have been accepted. You can report if you see the sentence again.


Can we use thumko instead of thumhe?


I am finding alternative and totally different meanings of the same word very confusing. One of the first words I learnt watching Indian TV was चाहिए and it always meant 'want'. Should is absolutely a different sense altogether.


The verb चाहना and its other forms except for चाहिए always mean 'want'. चाहता is the masculine singular form, चाहती is the feminine form and चाहते is the masculine plural form.

Eg: राज बैंगलोर जाना चाहता है। - Raj wants to go to Bangalore
वे सोना चाहते हैं। - They want to sleep
जनता शान्ति चाहती है - The public wants peace

On the other hand, चाहिए can be treated as a separate word of its own. It means 'should'/'need to' (when used with a verb) and 'need' or a stronger/more immediate form of 'want' (when used with a noun)

Eg: मुझे बैंगलोर जाना चाहिए। - I need to go to Bangalore
उसे आकाशवाणी पर गाना चाहिए।- She should sing on the radio
नेहा को सौ रुपये चाहिए। - Neha needs ₹100 (expresses a stronger sentiment than नेहा सौ रुपये चाहती है)
मुझे आम चाहिए - I want a mango (expresses a more immediate sentiment than मैं आम चाहता हूँ as in you are saying you want a mango right now rather than at some point in the future)


Great answer; thank you. This should be in the lesson tips, or stickied somewhere.

For some reason I had a memory that using the direct form with a noun (e.g. मैं आम चाहती हूँ ) was considered less polite, but from your explanation it sounds like that's not the case and it's in fact milder than मुझे आम चाहिये. Is either version considered brusque, or am I confusing this with some other language's similar expressions?


Neither is considered brusque. In fact, the चाहिये version is used a lot when ordering at a restaurant or shop. As you said, the चाहती form is even milder.

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