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), Old Assamese নাহি (nahi), Hindi नहीं (nahī̃).

Adverb[edit]

नहीं (nahī̃)

  1. not

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Hindi[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), Old Assamese নাহি (nahi), Braj नहीं (nahī̃).

Pronunciation[edit]

  • IPA(key): /nə.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 in the subjunctive, imperative and simple past tenses/moods, where ना () is used instead.

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