Magahi/Grammar Transliteration

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This is a transliteration of the Magahi Grammar page, for our own convenience and for the transducer.


Plural Forms

  • Plurality is expressed via the suffix "-an", and if the final vowel is long, shorten it:
    • ghorā<n><pl> ↔ ghōran[1]
    • bail<n><pl> ↔ bailan[1]
    • cor<n><pl> ↔ coran[1]
  • It can also be expressed by adding the word "sab" or "log" for human noun after the singular form:
    • phal<n><pl> ↔ phal sab[1]
    • rājā<n><pl> ↔ rājā log[1]
    • mālī<n><pl> ↔ mālī log[1]


None of these cases can be applied to the plural form of a noun.

  • You can form the locative case by adding the suffix "-ē". If the noun ended in "ā", it gets removed and if it ended in "ī" or "ū", the vowel gets shortened.
    • ghorā<n><loc> ↔ ghōrē[1]
    • bail<n><loc> ↔ bailē[1]
    • cor<n><loc> ↔ corē[1]
  • You can form the instrumental case by adding the suffix "-ē̃." The same process of removing or shortening vowels as in the locative applies.
    • phal<n><inst> ↔ phalē̃[1]
    • rājā<n><inst> ↔ rājē̃[1]
    • mālī<n><inst> ↔ māliē̃[1]
  • Other cases may be indicated using postpositions. When doing so, the noun must be in the oblique form. If it ends in a vowel, the oblique is the same as the nominative. If the noun ends in a consonant, then you can optionally add the "-e" suffix.
    • ghora<n><obl> ↔ ghora[1]
    • bail<n><obl> ↔ baile[1]
    • cor<n><obl> ↔ cor[1]


Personal Pronouns

  • <prn><pers><p1><sg> ↔ ham​​
  • <prn><pers><p1><pl> ↔ hamāni​​
  • <prn><pers><p1><sg><obl> ↔ hamārā
  • <prn><pers><p2><sg> ↔ tu
  • <prn><pers><p2><pl> ↔ tohāni
  • <prn><pers><p2><sg><gen> ↔ torā​​
  • <prn><pers><p3><sg><obl><hi> ↔ unkārā​​
  • <prn><pers><p2><sg><gen> ↔ tohārā
  • <prn><pers><hi><p3><sg><obl><prx> ↔ inkārā​​
  • <prn><pers><hi><p3><sg><gen><prx> ↔ inkar
Person Singular Sg.Genitive Sg. Oblique Plural
First ham hamār hamārā hamāni
Second tu tor torā tohāni
Second Honorific tohār tohārā
Third Proximate i ekar ekārā i (sab)
Third Proximate Honorific inkar ​ inkārā
Third Non-Proximate u okar okārā u (sab)
Third Non-Proximate Honorific unkar unkārā


The Indo-Aryan Languages gives the genitive forms as ekarā etc. while the Linguistic Survey of India gives them as ekrā etc., so we support both in our analysis.

  • i<prn><dem><nom> ↔ i
  • i<prn><itg><gen> ↔ kekar
  • i<prn><rel><obl> ↔ jekarā
Demonstrative Interrogative Relative Correlative
Nominative i/u kā/ke (human) je se/te
Genitive ekar/okar kekar jekar sekar/tekar
Oblique ek(a)rā/ok(a)rā kek(a)rā jek(a)rā sek(a)rā/tek(a)rā
Attributive i/u ke/kaun je/jaun se
Adjectival aisan/oisan kaisan jaisan taisan
Quantitative etanā/otanā ketanā jetanā tetan
Manner adv. aise/oise kaise jaise taise
Place adv. iHāṃ/uHāṃ kaHāṃ jaHāṃ taHāṃ
Time adv. ab kab jab tab


Magahi verbs are very complex.

Nominal Non-finite Forms

Magahi has several nominal non-finite forms that each have an oblique form like nouns. There are three kinds. Each of them usually are used along with the copula "ha", which carries the tense and modal information, whereas the non-finite form carries the aspect.


The neutral form conveys a habitual aspect. To form neutral forms, simply add the suffix "-ā" or no suffix. To form the oblique form of the participle, simply treat the neutral form like a noun and put it in oblique form.

  • dekh​<v><hab> ↔ dekhā
  • dekh<v><hab><obl> ↔ dekhe
  • sut<v><hab> ↔ sutā
  • sut<v><hab><obl> ↔ sute


The imperfective form conveys a progressive aspect. It is formed with the suffix "-ait".

  • dekh​<v><impf> ↔ dekhait
  • dekh<v><impf><obl> ↔ dekhaite
  • sut<v><impf> ↔ sutait
  • sut<v><impf><obl> ↔ sutaite


The perfective form conveys a stative aspect. It is formed with the suffix "-al" for intransitive verbs and "lo" with intransitive verbs. Note, however, that the oblique form is not "-alo" like one would expect, but rather "-lā".

  • dekh<v><perf> ↔ dekhal
  • dekh<v><perf><obl> ↔ dekhlā
  • sut<v><perf> ↔ sutal
  • sut<v><perf><obl> ↔ sutlā

Finite Verbs

The finite verbs are constructed out of a stem followed by tense/modal suffix followed by a personal ending.


The tense/mode endings are nothing for the injunctive mood (subjunctive/imperative), "-l" for the simple past ("-lk" for 3rd person transitive verbs), "-t" for the past subjunctive, "-b" for the future, and "-īh" for the future imperative.

  • sun<v><pres><s_p1> ↔ suni
  • sun<v><past><s_p1> ↔ sunli
  • sun<v><pis><s_p1> ↔ sunti
  • sun<v><fut><s_p1> ↔ sunbi
  • sun<v><fut><imp> ↔ sunīhi

Aspect markers on participles combined with the various tense/mood suffixes on the auxiliary verbs make for a massive amount of possible combinations, such as habitual past subjunctive, or stative future imperative, etc.


The auxiliary "ha" is a bit irregular, changing stem to "ho" for the modal suffixes, but uses the same personal endings. On its own, it can function as a copula. Unlike other verbs, the auxiliary has present, past, past subjunctive, injunctive (present subjunctive), and presumptive forms.

  • ha<v><pres><s_p1> ↔ hi
  • ha<v><past><s_p1> ↔ hāli
  • ha<v><pis><s_p1> ↔ hoti
  • ha<v><prs><s_p1> ↔ holi
  • ha<v><fts><s_p1> ↔ hobi (Actually presumptive mood, but Apertium doesn't have a tag for that)

It is also possible to use the present and past forms of the auxiliary with the past simple form of the main verb. Both verbs here are finite, so the auxiliary ends up without personal endings, but can still be either present or past. This is different from using the auxiliary with the participle, which has a stative meaning. So "tu sutla ho" (you have slept) is different from "tu sutla ha" (you slept) and "tu sutal ha" (you are asleep).

Personal Endings

Here our two main sources differ significantly on even the basic structure of the agreement. They both say that personal endings agree with the subject and object, but differ greatly on the details. Since it's a century old, we won't be following The Linguistic Survey of India, but rather The Indo-Aryan Languages.

Magahi verbs agree with the subject in person, not number. They also agree with the object in person as well as honorific status, having +honor and -honor endings for each of the persons. For whatever reason, The Indo-Aryan Languages is missing the first person object endings, so we can't give those.

It appears that the first person personal ending is "-i", the second person "-a", and the third person "-o". To indicate a neutral object, simply don't add an object ending. For a non-honorific third person ending, add "-ai", for honorific third person, add "-ain", for non-honorific second person, add "-au", and for honorific second person, add "-o". Apertium lacks tags for non-numbered subject/object persons, so we will use the tags "<s_p1>", "<s_p2>", "<s_p3>", "<o_p1>", "<o_p2>", and "<o_p3>" for the subject and object persons.

  • sun<v><past><s_p1> ↔ sunli
  • sun<v><past><s_p1><o_p3><low> ↔ sunliai
  • sun<v><past><s_p1><o_p3><hi> ↔ sunliain
  • sun<v><past><s_p3><o_p2><low> ↔ sunloau
  • sun<v><past><s_p2><o_p2><hi> ↔ sunlao
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