So here’s what I mean by “Take” in this post:
Now here’s how we’re going to learn the present, past, and future tense of “take” 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 take||gan∙né nǣ|
- I always take it = ma∙mȧ ḗ∙kȧ hæ∙mȧ∙this∙sé∙mȧ gan∙nȧ∙va
- I don’t always take it = ma∙mȧ ḗ∙kȧ hæ∙mȧ∙this∙sé∙mȧ gan∙né nǣ
(i.e. Verbs that express the action you’re doing at that specific moment)
|not taking||gan∙né nǣ1|
1 In Sinhala, the Present Continuous Verb is IDENTICAL to the Simple Present Tense Verb
- I am taking it once = ma∙mȧ ḗ∙kȧ é∙kȧ sæ∙rȧ∙yak gan∙nȧ∙va
- I am not taking it even once = ma∙mȧ ḗ∙kȧ é∙kȧ sæ∙rȧ∙yak∙vath gan∙né nǣ
2. Past Tense
|didn’t take||gath∙thé nǣ|
- I took it last month = ma∙mȧ ḗ∙kȧ gi∙yȧ maa∙sȧ∙yé gath∙tha
- I didn’t take it last month = ma∙mȧ ḗ∙kȧ gi∙yȧ maa∙sȧ∙yé gath∙thé nǣ
3. Future Tense
Future Using Present Continuous
|not taking(FUT)||gan∙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 am taking(FUT) it next month = ma∙mȧ ḗ∙kȧ é∙nȧ maa∙sȧ∙yé gan∙nȧ∙va
- I am not taking(FUT) it next month = ma∙mȧ ḗ∙kȧ é∙nȧ maa∙sȧ∙yé gan∙né nǣ
And that’s all folks! Probably the easiest article you read today, right?
Let me make it even easier… Here’s a Lazy But Smart summary for you:
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 “take” in Sinhala.