"I am" in Pali?

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"I am" in Pali?

Postby Individual » Sat Feb 28, 2009 4:20 am

Looking over Ven. Narada's Pali course again, he doesn't mention how to translate statements relating to "you" as subject or "I" as subject. I assume that the Pali language has such a case.

http://orunla.org/tm/pali/htpali/lesson1.txt

SING.
So pacati* he cooks, he is cooking
Saa pacati she cooks, she is cooking

PLU.
Te pacanti, they cook, they are cooking

How would you say:
"I am cooking"
"You are cooking"

etc.

To maybe avoid a lot of questions in the future, is there any website which lists all the various grammatical cases of Pali? Wikipedia is a good resource, but not complete (nothing about past or future tenses, for instance).
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Re: "I am" in Pali?

Postby Kare » Sat Feb 28, 2009 8:09 am

Individual wrote:Looking over Ven. Narada's Pali course again, he doesn't mention how to translate statements relating to "you" as subject or "I" as subject. I assume that the Pali language has such a case.

http://orunla.org/tm/pali/htpali/lesson1.txt

SING.
So pacati* he cooks, he is cooking
Saa pacati she cooks, she is cooking

PLU.
Te pacanti, they cook, they are cooking

How would you say:
"I am cooking"


pacaami

"You are cooking"


pacasi

To maybe avoid a lot of questions in the future, is there any website which lists all the various grammatical cases of Pali? Wikipedia is a good resource, but not complete (nothing about past or future tenses, for instance).


Here you will find lots of resources for Pali studies: http://www.pali.pratyeka.org/

de Silva's book is good for beginners. Duroiselles grammar is comprehensive and fine for looking up questions like the one you posed here.
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Re: "I am" in Pali?

Postby Dhammanando » Sat Feb 28, 2009 12:28 pm

Hi Individual,

Individual wrote:How would you say:
"I am cooking"
"You are cooking"


In Pali the English simple present ("I cook"), the continuous present ("I am cooking"), and the emphatic present ("I do cook") would all be conveyed by the single form ahaṃ pacāmi.

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Re: "I am" in Pali?

Postby phil » Tue Mar 03, 2009 10:26 am

Individual wrote:To maybe avoid a lot of questions in the future, is there any website which lists all the various grammatical cases of Pali? Wikipedia is a good resource, but not complete (nothing about past or future tenses, for instance).


I find the tables below to be a fantastically concise source for conjugations and declensions.


http://www.accesstoinsight.org/lib/auth ... ali_tables

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