Friday, November 18, 2005

Grammar - Sentence Structure

It's good to know a little bit about the sentence structure. It's very common that the Tibetan sentence has the following order, SUBJECT-OBJECT-VERB, for example:

nga nang pa yin,

nga means I, nang pa means Buddhist (literally translated insider), and yin is 'is''.

Sometimes the sentence order is SUBJECT-OBJECT-OBJECT ATTRIBUTES-VERB, see earlier entries such as the homage: sangs rgyas thams cad la 'phyag tshal lo,

The sentence could also end with a particle, such as dang, (and), so it continues in the next sentence, or end with a particle such as la, so the next sentence is referring to the previous sentence -- remember la is pointing at something from the right to the left.

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