"I also sing."

Translation:मैं भी गाता हूँ।

September 5, 2018

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In English this sentence could mean both 'I sing on top of all the other things I do' and 'I, as well as all those other people, sing' - the only way to distinguish between the two would be by verbal emphasis ('I also sing' vs 'I also sing'). Are both meanings implied by the Hindi sentence? Does the word-order make a difference to the emphasis?


Good question! I think the best (in terms of accuracy) translation of the sentence is, "I, too, sing." So, it's the second of the two meanings you wrote. The placement of भी matters; it comes right after the word it emphasizes. So, you could create your first meaning by putting bhī directly after gātā.


Great - thanks. I'm interested in how word order impacts on meaning.


To say I sing also (on top of other things) you should write मैं गाता भी हूँ।


Me, too! That's why your question is so good. It's safe to say that भी and ही are two words that can't be freely placed; they must immediately after the word they affect.


Why not मैं भी गाती हूँ ? Is the word masculine?


I am a woman, so it also accepted your sentence.


Somewhere else, when we had to translate मैं भी गाता हूँ it was marked wrong when my answer was I sing also. So I would like to know if it's correct what Greta178 says.


It was probably marked wrong because putting also at the end doesn't sound quite right

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