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Lily de Silva, M.A., Ph.D.
University of Peradeniya, Sri Lanka
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1. The Imperative
The imperative mood expresses a command, benediction, prayer or wish.
Base: paca = to cook
It should be observed that the second person plural and first person singular and plural have the same forms as in the present tense.
The prohibitive particle mā is also used with the imperative.
2. Examples in sentence formation
Let him cook rice for the merchants.
2. Tvaṃ rathena nagaraṃ gaccha / gacchāhi.
3. Ahaṃ dhammaṃ uggaṇhāmi.
Let them cook rice for the merchants.
2. Tumhe rathena nagaraṃ gacchatha.
3. Mayaṃ dhammaṃ uggaṇhāma.
The prohibitive particle mā
1. Mā tumhe saccaṃ parivajjetha.
2. Mā te uyyānamhi pupphāni ocinantu.
3. Translate into English:
4. Translate into Pāli:
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"The Pāli Primer" is a publication of the Vipassana
Research Institute (http://www.vri.dhamma.org).
It aims to provide an elementary understanding of the Pali language.
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