The Verb “Go” | Sinhala Verb Basics

Sinhala Verb Go

 

“Go” can mean so many things, including (believe it or not) “using the bathroom”. But in this post, this is what I’ll mean when I say “Go”:

 

“Go” (verb):

Either to move or travel from one place to another (e.g. “I’m going to Sri Lanka”); or

To leave or depart from some place (e.g. “It’s late, I have to go”).

 

Now here’s how we’re going to learn the present, past, and future tense of “Go” in Sinhala >>>

 

Structure Of This Post

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1. Present Tense

 

Simple Present

(i.e. Verbs that express a habit or fact. Something that you’d regularly do)

goya∙nȧ∙va      
don’t/doesn’t goyan∙né   nǣ      

 

Sample Phrases:

  • I go there every week   =   ma∙mȧ   hæ∙mȧ   sa∙thi∙yȧ∙mȧ   é∙hé∙tȧ   ya∙nȧ∙va
  • I don’t go there every week   =   ma∙mȧ   hæ∙mȧ   sa∙thi∙yȧ∙mȧ   é∙hé∙tȧ   yan∙né   nǣ

 

Intermediary Quiz #1 (of 4)

 

Question 1:

If “child” is ‘la∙mȧ∙ya’, then how would you say… The child goes there every week?

Answer:

la∙mȧ∙ya   hæ∙mȧ   sa∙thi∙yȧ∙mȧ   é∙hé∙tȧ   ya∙nȧ∙va

 

Question 2:

If “child” is ‘la∙mȧ∙ya’, then how would you say… The child doesn’t go there every week?

Answer:

la∙mȧ∙ya   hæ∙mȧ   sa∙thi∙yȧ∙mȧ   é∙hé∙tȧ   yan∙né   nǣ

 

Bonus words you “accidentally” just learned

  • (to) there   =   é∙hé∙tȧ
  • every week   =   hæ∙mȧ   sa∙thi∙yȧ∙mȧ
  • child   =   la∙mȧ∙ya

 

 

Present Continuous

(i.e. Verbs that express the action you’re doing at that specific moment)

goingya∙nȧ∙va1       
not goingyan∙né   nǣ1       

Notes:

1 In Sinhala, the Present Continuous Verb is IDENTICAL to the Simple Present Tense Verb

Sample Phrases:

  • I’m going there now   =   ma∙mȧ   dhæn   é∙hé∙tȧ   ya∙nȧ∙va
  • I’m not going there now   =   ma∙mȧ   dhæn   é∙hé∙tȧ   yan∙né   nǣ

 

Intermediary Quiz #2 (of 4)

 

Question 3:

If “boy” is ‘kol∙la’, then how would you say… The boy is going there now?

Answer:

kol∙la   dhæn   é∙hé∙tȧ   ya∙nȧ∙va

 

Question 4:

If “girl” is ‘kél∙lȧ’, then how would you say… The girl is not going there now?

Answer:

kél∙lȧ   dhæn   é∙hé∙tȧ   yan∙né   nǣ

 

Bonus words you “accidentally” just learned

  • now =   dhæn
  • boy =   kol∙la
  • girl =   kél∙lȧ

 

 

 

2. Past Tense

Simple Past

wentgi∙yaa      
didn’t gogi∙yḗ   nǣ      

Sample Phrases:

  • I went there last week   =   ma∙mȧ   gi∙yȧ   sa∙thi∙yé   é∙hé∙tȧ   gi∙yaa
  • I didn’t go there last week   =   ma∙mȧ   gi∙yȧ   sa∙thi∙yé   é∙hé∙tȧ   gi∙yḗ   nǣ

 

Intermediary Quiz #3 (of 4)

 

Question 5:

If “girls” is ‘kél∙lo’, then how would you say… The girls went there last week?

Answer:

kél∙lo   gi∙yȧ   sa∙thi∙yé   é∙hé∙tȧ   gi∙yaa

 

Question 6:

If “boys” is ‘kol∙lo’, then how would you say… The boys didn’t go there last week?

Answer:

kol∙lo   gi∙yȧ   sa∙thi∙yé   é∙hé∙tȧ   gi∙yḗ   nǣ

 

Bonus words you “accidentally” just learned

  • last week   =   gi∙yȧ   sa∙thi∙yé
  • girls   =   kél∙lo
  • boys   =   kol∙lo

 

3. Future Tense

Future Using Present Continuous

going(FUT)ya∙nȧ∙va 2      
not going(FUT)yan∙né   nǣ 2      

Notes:

2 In Sinhala, we often use the Present Continuous Verb to express a future action. It is the context (e.g. “later”, “tomorrow”, “next week”) that will indicate that it’s in the future.

Sample Phrases:

  • I’m going(FUT) there next week   =   ma∙mȧ   é∙nȧ   sa∙thi∙yé   é∙hé∙tȧ   ya∙nȧ∙va
  • I’m not going(FUT) there next week   =   ma∙mȧ   é∙nȧ   sa∙thi∙yé   é∙hé∙tȧ   yan∙né   nǣ

 

Intermediary Quiz #4 (of 4)

 

Question 7:

If “boys and girls” are ‘kol∙loyi kél∙loyi’, then how would you say… The boys and girls are going(FUT) there next week?

Answer:

kol∙loyi   kél∙loyi   é∙nȧ   sa∙thi∙yé   é∙hé∙tȧ   ya∙nȧ∙va

 

Question 8:

If “children” is ‘la∙mayi’, then how would you say… The children are not going(FUT) there next week?

Answer:

la∙mayi   é∙nȧ   sa∙thi∙yé   é∙hé∙tȧ   yan∙né   nǣ

 

Bonus words you “accidentally” just learned

  • next week   =   é∙nȧ   sa∙thi∙yé
  • boys and girls   =   kol∙loyi   kél∙loyi
  • children   =   la∙mayi

 

 

And let’s call it a day.

Before I let you go… Here’s a Lazy But Smart summary for you:

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All You Need To Remember:

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4. Final Quiz!

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(The same 8 questions as before but this time try to answer it by yourself BEFORE you "Click to View the Answer", ok?)

 

 

Present Tense

1. If “child” is ‘la∙mȧ∙ya’, then how would you say… The child goes there every week?

 

 

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la∙mȧ∙ya   hæ∙mȧ   sa∙thi∙yȧ∙mȧ   é∙hé∙tȧ   ya∙nȧ∙va

 

Present Tense

2. If “child” is ‘la∙mȧ∙ya’, then how would you say… The child doesn’t go there every week?

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la∙mȧ∙ya   hæ∙mȧ   sa∙thi∙yȧ∙mȧ   é∙hé∙tȧ   yan∙né   nǣ

 

Present Tense

3. If “boy” is ‘kol∙la’, then how would you say… The boy is going there now?

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kol∙la   dhæn   é∙hé∙tȧ   ya∙nȧ∙va

 

Present Tense

4. If “girl” is ‘kel∙lȧ’, then how would you say… The girl is not going there now?

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kél∙lȧ   dhæn   é∙hé∙tȧ   yan∙né   nǣ

 

Past Tense

5. If “girls” is ‘kél∙lo’, then how would you say… The girls went there last week?

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kél∙lo   gi∙yȧ   sa∙thi∙yé   é∙hé∙tȧ   gi∙yaa

 

Past Tense

6. If “boys” is ‘kol∙lo’, then how would you say… The boys didn’t go there last week?

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kol∙lo   gi∙yȧ   sa∙thi∙yé   é∙hé∙tȧ   gi∙yḗ   nǣ

 

Future Tense

7. If “boys and girls” are ‘kol∙loyi kél∙loyi’, then how would you say… The boys and girls are going(FUT) there next week?

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kol∙loyi   kél∙loyi   é∙nȧ   sa∙thi∙yé   é∙hé∙tȧ   ya∙nȧ∙va

 

Future Tense

8. If “children” is ‘la∙mayi’, then how would you say… The children are not going(FUT) there next week?

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la∙mayi   é∙nȧ   sa∙thi∙yé   é∙hé∙tȧ   yan∙né   nǣ

 

And voila! You now know the basics of the verb "Go" in Sinhala.

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13 Responses to The Verb “Go” | Sinhala Verb Basics

  1. Shehan June 12, 2016 at 13:21 #

    I wait for this every week. Would love it if you could put pronunciation for the “Bonus Words” as well.

  2. Savvas June 12, 2016 at 14:29 #

    Brilliant. I love it!!!!!!! Very useful everyday expressions we just can’t do without. Thank you Dilshan.

  3. M. Satyanarayana June 13, 2016 at 10:43 #

    Thk u for giving such a simple way to understand & learn Sinhala easily.
    Thk u Mr. Dilshan. U r doing a wonderful job.

    • Dilshan Jayasinha June 15, 2016 at 16:05 #

      Thank you, very kind of you. Glad you find it simple & easy. Mission accomplished.

  4. Michelle June 14, 2016 at 16:45 #

    Hey Dilshan,
    Your friendly neighbourhood bug-fixer here! The format of your final quiz is a little odd – such that I can’t actually see the question, which kind of defeats the object of the quiz! Is it just me?!
    Thanks for another helpful post, though! I particularly enjoyed the ‘accidental bonus words’ – mixing it up to throw in new vocabulary is a great way to boost our word bank unintentionally!
    Thanks!
    Michelle

    • Dilshan Jayasinha June 15, 2016 at 16:06 #

      No, it’s not just you Michelle. Serves me right, for doing certain enhancements to my website and then not following up with a thorough test on a mobile device. I’ve corrected it now. Thank you so much for pointing it out. Does it look fine now to you?

      • Michelle June 15, 2016 at 16:43 #

        Hi Dilshan,

        Much better, thanks for your quick response!
        Looking forward to the next installment – my confidence is definitely rising with every quiz that I complete error-free!
        Thanks,
        Michelle

        • Dilshan Jayasinha June 15, 2016 at 16:55 #

          Excellent! I’m happy to hear that. Keep it up, Michelle. You’re getting closer and closer.

  5. Signe Hansen June 15, 2016 at 12:29 #

    Hi Dilshan.
    Think there is an type error in quiss #3
    In the words we learned “accidently” it says •girls = kél∙lȧ, shouldn’t that be kèllo?
    Other than that it was very easy to follow.
    Just need to practise.. a lot :D

    • Dilshan Jayasinha June 15, 2016 at 16:13 #

      You’re absolutely correct, Signe. You’ve got “hawk eyes”, well done. I’ve corrected it now. Thanks!

  6. Wendy September 18, 2016 at 01:20 #

    Hi Dilshan!

    I have a question for you: how do you put two verbs together in a sentence?
    For example: I am going to the hospital to get medication.
    I got as far as: mama ispiritaalayata behethta yannawa, but somehow it looks wrong…
    Can you shed some light on this?

    Thanks :)!!

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