"I did not drink anything."
Translation:मैंने कुछ नहीं पिया।
I don't understand the use of या here. I thought it is used to denote past tense but in some sentences, it is not used and some like here it is used. Can someone clarify it for me?
The letter या is added to the root verbs which don't end in consonant sound but in end in vowel sound as in आ, ई, etc. For Eg: The infinitive verb खाना ends in vowel sound so या is added to its past tense as खाया (for masc. singular). Another one example, let's take बोलना which ends in consonant sound (ल ) thus its past tense will be बोला (for masc. singular). Hope mine clarifies yours.