नहीं

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Braj[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Sanskrit नहि (nahí, surely not), from Proto-Indo-Iranian *naǰʰí, from earlier ná gʲʰí, from Proto-Indo-European *né + gʰí. Cognate with Assamese নাই (nai), Early Assamese নাহি (nahi), Hindi नहीं (nahī̃).

Adverb[edit]

नहीं (nahī̃)

  1. not

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Hindi[edit]

Etymology[edit]

Inherited from Sanskrit नहि (nahí, surely not), from Proto-Indo-Iranian *naǰʰí, from earlier ná gʲʰí, from Proto-Indo-European *né + gʰí. Cognate with Assamese নাই (nai), Early Assamese নাহি (nahi), Braj नहीं (nahī̃).

Pronunciation[edit]

  • (Delhi Hindi) IPA(key): /nə.ɦĩː/, [n̪ə.ɦĩː]
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Adverb[edit]

नहीं (nahī̃) (Urdu spelling نہیں‎)

  1. no, not (negative response to a yes-no question)
    बिलकुल नहींbilkul nahī̃of course not
  2. no, not (representing negation of statements)
    यहाँ गाजर नहीं हैं
    yahā̃ gājar nahī̃ ha͠i
    there are no carrots here

Usage notes[edit]

Often used with the polite particle जी () to be more polite in answering those given respect as in जी नहीं (jī nahī̃).

नहीं (nahī̃) is not used with verbs in subjunctive and imperative mood. The subjunctive negation ना () is used with the subjunctive mood and the imperative negation मत (mat) is used with the imperative mood.

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