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"उसे खाना नहीं चाहिए।"

Translation:He does not want food.

September 8, 2018



Could this also be translated as “He does not want to eat” since खाना means “to eat” as well as food?


According to an Urdu language booklet I have, there are 2 different patterns for "want" (it should be the same in Hindi):

want STH = sth + चाहिए

want TO DO STH = verb-ना + चाहता/ती/ते हूँ/हो/है/हैं


He wants food = उसे खाना चाहिए

He wants to eat = वह खाना चाहता है

So I would translate "he does not want to eat" by "वह खाना नहीं चाहता है".

Please anyone correct me if I'm wrong.


Why must it say "usee khaana..." instead of "yeh/veh khaana..."?


Because the use of चाहिए is passive (instead of “he doesn’t want food” the more literal translation is “to him, food isn’t wanted”). So वह is like saying “he / she” while उसे is saying “to him/ to her”


Why She does not want food is incorrect?


What does उसे mean and how is it used?

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