In जाने क्यों, what does जाने mean exactly and what tense is it?

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In जाने क्यों, what does जाने mean exactly and what tense is it?

Postby merajuta » 2016-04-04, 2:57

In the song from Dil Chahta Hai, I am trying to understand the exact meaning of जाने क्यों. Webpages with English translations of the lyrics translate it as "I wonder" or "Who knows...?", but neither of these translations seem obvious to me.

Is जाने the subjunctive with हम understood? If so, would it mean: "May I understand why (people love)!" ?

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Re: In जाने क्यों, what does जाने mean exactly and what tense is it?

Postby Ber » 2016-04-07, 20:23

merajuta wrote:In the song from Dil Chahta Hai, I am trying to understand the exact meaning of जाने क्यों. Webpages with English translations of the lyrics translate it as "I wonder" or "Who knows...?", but neither of these translations seem obvious to me.

I think it is to be understood as a short form of न जाने क्यों or कौन जाने क्यों, which would translate as "who knows why".

Is जाने the subjunctive with हम understood? If so, would it mean: "May I understand why (people love)!" ?

Yes, it's subjunctive, but it's third person singular, not हम. Also, जानना means "to know", not "to understand".


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