The use as a second-person polite personal pronoun probably developed from its use deferentially (in the same way as "Your Honor").
- you (formal, polite and grammatically plural)
क्या आपको मेरी मदद की ज़रूरत है?
- kyā āpko merī madad kī zarūrat hai?
- Do you need any help?
आपका दिन कैसा था पिताजी? ― āpkā din kaisā thā pitājī? ― How was your day, father?
- (in some phrases, now obsolete) self
- आप (āp) is the most formal way of expressing "you" in Hindi and is used when addressing elders or those higher in social status. Because less formal forms could offend others, आप (āp) is the safest way to express "you" unless there is reason to be less formal.
- Because आप (āp) is grammatically plural (adjectives and verbs etc affected by it take their plural forms) even when there is only one person being referred to, the term आप लोग (āp log) (literally: you people) can be used to specify that more than one person is being referred to because of T-V distinction.
|Declension of आप|
- तुम (tum) (mid level formality, grammatically plural)
- तू (tū) (complete lack of human formality, grammatically singular)
- McGregor, Ronald Stuart (1993), “आप”, in The Oxford Hindi-English Dictionary, London: Oxford University Press
- Platts, John T. (1884), “आप”, in A dictionary of Urdu, classical Hindi, and English, London: W. H. Allen & co.
आप (āpa) m