“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”:
Now here’s how we’re going to learn the present, past, and future tense of “Go” in Sinhala >>>
Structure Of This Post
1. Present Tense
(i.e. Verbs that express a habit or fact. Something that you’d regularly do)
|don’t/doesn’t go||yan∙né nǣ|
- 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
(i.e. Verbs that express the action you’re doing at that specific moment)
|not going||yan∙né nǣ1|
1 In Sinhala, the Present Continuous Verb is IDENTICAL to the Simple Present Tense Verb
- 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
2. Past Tense
|didn’t go||gi∙yḗ nǣ|
- 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
3. Future Tense
Future Using Present Continuous
|not going(FUT)||yan∙né nǣ 2|
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.
- 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
And let’s call it a day.
Before I let you go… Here’s a Lazy But Smart summary for you:
All You Need To Remember:
4. Final Quiz!
Now Try It Without Looking...
(The same 8 questions as before but this time try to answer it by yourself BEFORE you "Click to View the Answer", ok?)
And voila! You now know the basics of the verb "Go" in Sinhala.