Topic 67: मैं वहाँ गया I went there (Perfective: intransitive verbs)

Context: Mark and Tara ring each other on their way home and talk.


मार्क - तुम पहली बार वहाँ थीं?

तारा - जी हाँ, मैं इस से पहले वहाँ नहीं गई।

मार्क - तुम ताज होटल के बारे में क्या सोचती हो? मैं पिछले हफ़्ते वहाँ गया।

तारा - आपको वहाँ का खाना अच्छा लगा?

मार्क - जी नहीं, उनके खाने में ज़्यादा घी है। इससे हाज़मा ठीक नहीं हुआ।

तारा - हाँ, वह बहुत बुरी बात है। और वह शहर से बहुत दूर है, तुम कैसे गए?

मार्क - मैं और मेरे भाई गए। हम उनकी कार से गए।

तारा - चलो ठीक, आज मुझे मज़ा आया। मुझे यहाँ का खाना पसंद आया।


Mark - Was that your first time there?

Tara - Yes, I had not been there before.

Mark - What do you think about the Taj Hotel? I went there last week.

Tara - Did you like the food there?

Mark - No there is too much oil in their food. Due to that digestion is not good.

Tara - Yes, that is a very bad thing. And it is far from the city, how did you go?

Mark - I and my brother went. We went by his car.

Tara - Okay then, I enjoyed today a lot. I like the food here.

Notes: Perfective for intransitive verbs

The Hindi perfective tense is used to describe specific actions in the past. Unlike English Hindi distinguishes between specific and repeated past actions.

Intransitive verbs in the perfective follow the pattern of बोलना to speak

Singular मैं बोला I spoke
तू बोला You spoke
यह बोला he/it spoke
हम बोले We spoke
तुम बोले You spoke
आप बोले You spoke
ये बोले They spoke
मैं बोली I spoke
तू बोली You spoke
यह बोली She/it spoke
हम बोलीं We spoke
तुम बोलीं You spoke
आप बोलीं You spoke
ये बोलीं They spoke

Spelling note: with ा ending stems verbs end in -या/-ए/-ई/-ईं e.g.

infinitive: आना
I came. मैं आया
We came. हम आए
I came. मैं आई
We came. हम आईं

Note जाना ‘to go’ is irregular.

infinitive: जाना
masc. sing. गया
masc. pl. गए
fem. sing. गई
fem. pl. गईं

The verb होना works in two ways in past tenses, होना1 refers to static states, होना2 refers to changes from one state to another.

to be/to exist होना1
masc. sing. था
masc. pl. थे
fem. sing. थी
fem. pl. थीं
to become/to happen/to occur होना2
masc. sing. हुआ
masc. pl. हुए
fem. sing. हुई
fem. pl. हुईं


के बारे में ppn. concerning, about

घी nm. ghee, clarified butter

हाज़मा nm. digestion; हजम होना, to digest

मज़ा nm. pleasure, joy; मज़ा आना, to enjoy

पसंद vi. to like, to enjoy

बीच nf. beach; (formal Hindi समुद्रा तट nm. ‘sea shore’)

चलो ठीक phr. ‘That’s right’ (literally ‘Go on, right!)

दौड़ना vi. to run