About gender usage in urdu

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About gender usage in urdu

Postby salaam123 » 2019-12-23, 20:56

Hello, I have an ok knowledge of urdu grammar, but there is one thing that puzzles me and it would be great if someone would be so kind, to give an explanation, how the genders work in urdu. I know that the gender comes according to the possessed and not the possessor(like meri ma, my(im a male) mother). What about in other kind of sentences?

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Re: About gender usage in urdu

Postby linguoboy » 2019-12-23, 22:22

Gender in Urdu works the same as in most Indo-European languages which have grammatical gender: all nouns are inherently gendered and this triggers agreement with adjectives and pronouns. That is, if a noun is feminine, any inflectable adjectives (not all Urdu adjectives inflect) modifying it take a feminine ending; if it's masculine, they take a masculine ending.

Possessive adjectives work like any other adjectives in this respect--and like possessive adjectives in other, related languages. In French, you say ma mère "my mother" regardless of your gender because mère is feminine and take the feminine adjective ma "my".

Where Urdu is a bit different from most European languages is that the possessive particle kā/ke/kī acts just like any other adjective. So it's śiśu kī mā̃ "the baby's mother" regardless of the gender of the baby (or the fact that śiśu is a grammatically masculine noun) because mā̃ is feminine and takes feminine agreement.

The other place it's a bit different is in the verbs. Many verbal forms are historically derived from participles. Participles behave like both verbs and adjectives. Like adjectives, they were inflected for gender and number. So now the verbal forms derived from them do, to. For example, mā̃ dauṛ rahī hai "mother is running" shows feminine agreement, since mā̃ is feminine, but you and I would say mãĩ dauṛ rahā hū̃ because we both identify as males.

Again, this has parallels in European languages. In Old French, for instance, you would have said il est esté bon "He has been good" but ele est estée bonne "She has been good". Later esté and estée came to be pronounced the same (except in some Walloon dialects) and the distinction was lost. But that never happened in Urdu.
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Re: About gender usage in urdu

Postby salaam123 » 2019-12-24, 14:09

thank you Sir for your reply, I will meditate on this.

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Re: About gender usage in urdu

Postby salaam123 » 2019-12-24, 14:46

what about and why(as a male speaker):

Mujhe urdu ati hai

or

Mujhe urdu ata hai

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Re: About gender usage in urdu

Postby salaam123 » 2019-12-24, 17:11

I will add that I know the word "urdu" is a feminine one.

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Re: About gender usage in urdu

Postby Saim » 2019-12-24, 22:27

salaam123 wrote:I will add that I know the word "urdu" is a feminine one.


Then that’s your answer. In Urdu there are “experiential” constructions where the verb agrees with what is being experienced whereas the experiencer (the “real” subject) is in the oblique (“mujhe” مجھے).

Mujhe bhuuk lagii hai.
مجھے بھوک لگی ہے۔
I am hungry. (said by someone of any gender)

Lagii (لگی) is a feminine conjugation.

Mujhe ehsaas huaa hai kih...
مجھے احساس ہوا ہے کہ
I’ve got the feeling that... (said by someone of any gender)

Huaa (ہوا) is marked masculine.

Bhuuk (بھوک) is a feminine noun, ehsaas (احساس) is masculine. In this type of construction the verb agrees with the noun regardless of the gender of the person experiencing it.

“Mujhe urdu aati hai” (مجھے اردو آتی ہے) follows the same pattern, as do other expressions having to do with knowledge such as “maalum” معلوم (mujhe maalum thaa مجھے معلوم تھا).

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Re: About gender usage in urdu

Postby salaam123 » 2019-12-25, 15:52

thank you, very good explanation. What about "main kaam karta hun?" Does the gender come here according to the doer or according to "kaam"?

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Re: About gender usage in urdu

Postby Saim » 2019-12-25, 21:59

salaam123 wrote:thank you, very good explanation. What about "main kaam karta hun?" Does the gender come here according to the doer or according to "kaam"?


According to the doer, in this case “main” میں is the subject both logically and grammatically.

The only other thing to note is that Urdu has split ergativity, which means that there are different forms of agreement for transitive and intransitive verbs, but only in the past tense.

main kaam kartaa hoo
میں کام کرتا ہوں
I work (male)

main kaam kartii hoon
میں کام کرتی ہوں
I work (female)

main ne kaam kiyaa
میں نے کام کیا
I worked (regardless of gender, kaam کام is masculine)

So keep in mind that when you see the postposition “ne” نے the verb agrees with the object.

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Re: About gender usage in urdu

Postby salaam123 » 2019-12-30, 16:15

thanks for reply

"Yeh 30 sala purani chaye ki dukan hai"

so from this sentence, I can see that "dukan" is feminine, but does "purani"'s gender come according to "sal" , "chaye" or "dukan" ?

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Re: About gender usage in urdu

Postby salaam123 » 2020-01-06, 18:15

is his correct?

this is a modified sentence from Urdupod 101 intermediate book:

Apnay aap per ghussa na hun

or should it be(my correction)

apnay aap per ghussa na ho

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