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"Delhi is a city."

Translation:दिल्ली एक शहर है।

January 6, 2019

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https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Aakhil6

In colloquial sense, do people say नगर instead of शहर?


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No. Colloquially, people would say शहर.

नगर is a 'tatsam' word which means that it has been borrowed as is from Sanskrit. These words are seen as more formal in modern Hindi^* so you are more likely to see them in written form, in the names of organisations or in formal speech than in conversational Hindi.

^*- As opposed to words borrowed from Persian/Arabic and the other category of Sanskrit-derived words which are called 'Tadbhav'. These are words which have been part of Hindustani and its parent Prakrit languages for longer and have undergone some changes.

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