1. Forum
  2. >
  3. Topic: Hindi
  4. >
  5. "Raj takes food from Neha."

"Raj takes food from Neha."

Translation:राज नेहा से खाना लेता है।

November 15, 2018



राज खाना नेहा से लेता है।what is wrong with this sentence. Can anyone explain?

  • 1348

This is similar to the other sentence you asked about.

You'll hear this kind of phrasing in colloquial Hindi all the time but in formal Hindi, the direct object must be placed closer to the verb.
The direct object is basically the noun phrase that answers the question क्या [verb]?. For example, in this sentence, if you ask क्या लेता है?, the answer is खाना so that's the direct object.

Again, like in the other sentence, you can say राज खाने को नेहा से लेता है। by adding a को to the direct object but this phrasing places a lot of emphasis on the खाना.


Over in the modals we're dealing with raj ko neha se milna hai but over here its just raj neha se. What's the ko doing over there that we don't need it here?

  • 1348

In the verb infinitive+है construction like in 'राज को नेहा से मिलना है', the subject must be in the dative case. For nouns, this just means that they must be accompanied by the postposition को. The sentence would literally translate to something like 'It is required of Raj to meet Neha' or 'It is wanted by Raj to meet Neha'.

'राज नेहा से खाना लेता है' is the one-one translation of 'Raj takes food from Neha' so the subject is in the direct case.

Learn Hindi in just 5 minutes a day. For free.