Prepositions with Verbs

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We have seen that when using preposition with pronouns or nouns, the form of pronouns or nouns changes which is called सामान्य रूप (sAmAnya rUp) in Marathi or Oblique case form in English.
Same way happens while using preposition with verb.

For example, in English we say "after doing", "before singing", "while writing". 
In English we use “-ing” form of verb for proposition usage. 

In marathi ण्या (NyA) is suffixed to verb.

Verb in English
vern in Marahti
सामान्य रूप (sAmAnya rUp) in Marathi of verb
कर (kar )

करण्या karaNyA

बोल (bol )
बोलण्या (bolaNyA )
नाच (nAch )
नाचण्या (nAchaNyA )

About speaking :- बोलण्याबद्दल (bolaNyAbaddal)
For eating :- खाण्यासाठी (khANyAsAThI)

Special behaviour for preposition “after”
Preposition "after" can be used two ways. Consider two sentences.
1) She spoke after my dancing
2) She spoke after I danced

The first sentence can be formed by above rule.
After dancing :- नाचण्यानंतर (nAchaNyAnaMtar )
She spoke after my dancing  -> माझ्या नाचण्यानंतर ती गायली (mAjhyA nAchaNyAnaMtar tI gAyalI)

In second sentence we used “after I danced”.
“I danced” in marathi is “मी नाचलो
So in such cases we suffix ल्या (lyA) instead of ण्या (NyA)
So “after danced” becomes नाचल्यानंतर (nAchalyAnaMtar)

Full senetece will be
She spoke after I danced  ->  मी नाचल्यानंतर ती बोलली (mI nAchalyAnaMtar tI bolalI
He cried after she went -> ती गेल्यानंतर तो रडला  ( tI gelyAnaMtar to raDalA ) 

Special behaviour for preposition “while”
Suffix for “while” is “ताना (tAnA)

“While” can also be used in two ways
1) Do not stop while I speak
2) Do not stop while I am speaking

In first sentence the verb is simple present tense.
In such cases the suffix in “ताना (tAnA)
While speak :- बोलताना (bolatAnA )
While do :- करताना (karatAnA )
While dance :- नाचताना ( nAchatAnA )

In second sentence the verb is present continuous tense.
I am speaking -> मी बोलत असतो (mI bolat asato )  
(Note :- Refer section "sentence with "Used to")
Suffix ताना (tAnA) gets added to “असतो” and it becomes असताना (asatAnA)

So in short for second style the verbs will be as shown below:-

While speaking :- बोलत असताना (bolat asatAnA)
While doing :- करत असताना (karat asatAnA)
While dancing :- नाचत असताना ( nAchat asatAnA)

Special behaviour for preposition “to”
Suppose we are telling someone “Come to see this movie”, “Come to drink coffee”.
Here we used “to see”, “to drink” , we did not use “seeing”,”drinking” etc.
Similarly in Marathi we use different form for preposition “to”
We append आयला (AyalA) to verb

to see     :- बघायला  (baghAyalA )
to do      :- करायला (karAyalA)
to speak :- बोलायला (bolAyalA)
to dance :- नाचायला(nAchAyalA)

Come to see this photo    :- फोटो बघायला ये  (phoTo baghAyalA ye )
Come to eat with me       :- माझ्याबरोबर जेवायला ये (mAjhyAbarobar jevAyalA ye)

Special behaviour for “and”

In English we use preposition "and" to join to two verbs to indicate one action followed by another. E.g. “come and see this”, “sit and eat it” etc.

In Marathi we will suffix ऊन  (Un) to first verb to indicate continuation.

Sit and watch          :-  बसून बघ (basUn bagh)

come and go                  :- येऊन जा  (yeUn jA)

he came and saw it        :- त्याने येऊन बघितले (tyAne yeUn baghitale )
They will go and check it :- ते जाऊन तपासतील (te jAUn tapAsatIl)
smile and say                :- हसून बोल  ( hasoon bol)

Special behavior for "till","until"
In English we say "wait till he comes", "do not stop until I say 
"Till","Until" in Marathi is पर्यंत (paryaMt )
In Marathi we will suffix ए(e)  to verb stem. If verb stem does not end with vowel अ(a) then it is suffixed with ई(I).
till I go -> मी बोले पर्यंत (mI bole paryMt )
until she smiles -> ती हसे पर्यंत ( tI hase paryaMt )
till he goes -> तो जाई पर्यंत ( to jAI paryaMt )
until we come -> आम्ही येई पर्यंत ( AmhI yeI paryaMt )

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  1. Very nicely explained

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  2. Hi Lele Sir,

    I am not clear with as when to use asato
    Eg. I am speaking -> मी बोलत असतो
    As per my understanding it should be Mi bolat ahe or Mi bolto aahe.
    Please help to understand.


    1. Hi Pradeep; as mentioned there in note please refer lesson of "sentence with "Used to" for more details.

      Let me know if reading that lesson clarifies your doubt; else write again.