Imatges de pÓgina


The declension of substantives involves that of adjectives; and, as already seen, the three examples of substantives, given under each class, serve as the model for the three genders of adjectives falling under the same class.

same class. Adjectives, in their simplest form, not derived from substantives, are very rarely found in Sanscrit. Such as do occur belong chiefly to the first and third classes of nouns; as, priya, “dear" (nom. m. f. n. priyah, priyā, priyam,* r. 48. 49. 50.); sūdhu, “good” (nom. m. f. n. sādhuh, sādhuh or sādhwī, sādhu, r. 54. 55. 49. 56.).

Adjectives formed from substantives are very numerous, as may be seen by a reference to r. 38. 42. and 43. IV. They belong chiefly to the first, fifth, and sixth classes of nouns. The following examples may be added to those already given; mānusha, “human" (nom. m. f. n. mānushah, mānushī, mānusham, r. 48. 49. 50.); shrīmat,

prosperous" (nom. m. f. n. shrīmān, shrīmatī, shrīmat, r. 62.); balin, strong" (nom. m. f. n. balī, balini, bali, r. 67.).

Compound adjectives are most abundant. The following are examples : phalopeta,“ possessed-of-fruit "; durbuddhi, "evil-minded "; alpatanu,"small-bodied "; sarvajit, “all-conquering "; sujanman, “well-born "; gatachetas," bereft-of-sense"; which are thus referrible to their respective classes.


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71. The degrees of comparison are formed in two ways; 1st, by adding to the crude m tara (nom. -tarah, -tarā, -taram, cf. Greek tepos) for the comparative ; and na tama (nom. -tamah,

* When it is remembered that final h often becomes s, and that a is equivalent in pronunciation to u, the three genders of this adjective might be written priyus priyā, priyum ; thus offering a perfect similarity to Latin adjectives in us.




-tamā, -tamam, cf. Greek tatos) for the superlative. Thus, punya, “ holy,” gen punyatara, more holy,” yeah punyatama, most holy,” declined like nouns of the first class (r. 48. 49. 50.). . So, also, dhanavat, wealthy,” dhanavattara, “more wealthy,dhanavattama, “most wealthy "; and dhanin, dhanitara, dhanitama (r. 20.1).

2dly, by adding $4# īyas (nom. -īyān, -īyasī, -īyah, cf. Greek (w) for the comparative, and 8 ishtha (nom. -ishthah -ishthā, -işhtham, cf. Greek (OTOS) for the superlative. In general, the only change that takes place before these affixes is the rejection of a final vowel, or of an affix. Thus, balin, “strong," becomes bal, making postur baliyas, “stronger” (see r. 69.†), afor balishtha “strongest (declined like nouns of the first class); laghu, “light,” becomes lagh, making laghiyas, “ lighter," laghishtha, “lightest.” however, that these affixes do not often imply comparison, but simply excess : thus, balīyas and balishtha more usually signify very strong

of But besides the rejection of the final, the crude often undergoes considerable change, as in Greek; and its place is sometimes supplied by a substitute. Thus, mridu, “soft,” becomes mrad, making mradīyas, mradish tha ; guru, “heavy," gar, making garīyas (cf. Latin gravius), garishtha ; priya, “dear,” pra, making preyas, preşhtha ; bahu, “many," bhū, making bhūyas, bhuyishtha ; dārgha, “long,” drāgh ; dūra, “far,” dav; antika,“ near,” ned; kshudra, “small,” kshod ; yuvan, "young," yav; prashasya, "good,” shra ;* alpu,“ small,” kan ; uru (eủpús), “ large," var, making varīyas, varişhtha (Fåplotos). See Prof. Eastwick’s translation of Bopp's Comp. Gram. §. 298.




72. Cardinals. Paeka, 1; fa dwi, 2; fa tri, 3; apt chatur, 4; which are thus declined.

Eka, “one " (singular only), follows the declension of pronominals : m. ekah; dat. m. ekasmai ; nom. f. ekā; dat. f. ekasyai; nom. n. ekam (see sarva, r. 87.).


* Prof. Bopp derives shreyas and shreshtha from shrimat, "fortunate,” the affix being rejected.

Dwi, “two " (dual only), is declined as if the crude were dwa : nom., acc., voc. m. dwau, f. n. dwe; ins., dat., ab. m. f. n. dwābhyām; gen., loc. dwayoh.

Tri, “three,” and chatur, "four” (plural only), declined







N. V. trayah,

tisrah, trini, chatwūrah, chatasrah, chatrāri. Ac. trin,

I. tribhih, tisribhih, chaturbhih, chatasribhih,
D. A. tribhyah, tisribhyah, chaturbhyah, chatasribhyah,
G. trayānām, tisrinām, chaturnām, chatasrinām,
L. trishu, tisrishu, chaturşhu, chatasrişhu,

The neuter only differs from the masc. in the nom., voc., and

acc. cases.

45 panchan, 5; 94 shash, 6; HT saptan, 7; we ashtan, 8; Ta navan, 9; cr dashan, 10.

73. Panchan, “five "; shash, “six"; ashtan, “eight” (plural only); declined

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N. Ac. V. pancha, shat, aşhta or ashtau.

Ins. panchabhih, shadbhih, ashtabhih or ashtābhih. D. Ab. panchabhyah, shadbhyah, ashtabhyah or ashțābhyah. Gen. panchānām, şhannām, ashtānām. Loc. panchasu, şhatsu, ashtasu or ashtāsu.

Saptan, navan, and dashan, and all other numerals ending in an, follow the declension of panchan.

Ekādashan, 11; drvādashan, 12; trayodashan, 13; chaturdashan, 14; pañchadashan, 15; shodashan (USN), 16; saptadashan, 17; aşhtādashan, 18; navadashan or ūnavinshati, 19; vinshati (fagfat), 20; trinshat (fägna), 30; chatvārinshat (figa), 40; panchāshat (uarga), 50; şhaşhti (afe), 60; saptati (Hafa), 70; ashīti (gifa), 80; navati (Tafat), 90; shata, n. (FTA), 100; sahasra, n. (#), 1000. As from dashan, “ten,” are formed ekādashan, dwādashan, trayodashan, &c., so from vinshati, "twenty," are formed ekavinshati, twentyone"; dwāvinshati, twenty-two "; trayovinshati,"twenty-three," &c. But due regard must be paid to the laws of combination; thus,

As, शायकान्

şhadvinshati (ufjufa), 26; trayastrinshat, 33; şhattrinshat, 36 ; chatushchatwārinshat, 44; chatuhpanchāshat (1977), 54; trayahsaptati (774:Hafa), 73; tryashīti (Bugilfat), 83; panchāshīti, 85; şhannavati (quafa), 96.

Vinshati (20), and trinshat (30), are declined like fem. nouns of the third and fifth classes, usually in the singular. fagifi faqa, “he infixed twenty arrows." Shata (100), sahasra (1000), are neut. nouns of the first class, usually declined in the sing.; as, well fort, “a thousand ancestors ": or they may govern a genitive case; as, Hed forqui (cf. the use of the Latin mille).

74. Ordinals. Prathama, “first "; dwitīya, second "; tritiya, “third "; are declined as pronominals (see r. 87.).

Chaturtha, “ fourth" (cf. TéTapTos); panchama, “fifth "; shashtha (48), “sixth "; saptama, “seventh "; aşhtama, “eighth "; navama,

ninth "; dashama, “tenth"; like nouns of the first class (nom. -ah, ī, -am).

The ordinals from “eleventh to twentieth,” are formed from the cardinals, by rejecting the final n; thus, ekādasha (nom. -ah, -2, -am).

“Twentieth" is formed, either by adding the superlative affix 'tama to the cardinal, as vinshatitama ; or by rejecting the final, and leaving vinsha (nom. -ah, , -am). So also trinshattama or trinsha, “ thirtieth." Similarly “fortieth " and "fiftieth." The other decimal cardinals form the ordinals either by adding tama, or by changing ti to ta; as, saptatitama or saptata, “ seventieth."

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PRONOUNS have no crude state analogous to that of nouns, that is, no state distinct from all inflexion, serving as the basis on which all the cases are constructed.

The question then arises, what form of the pronoun is used in the formation of compound words. In the pronouns of the first and second persons, the ablative cases, singular and plural, and in the other pronouns, the nominative and accusative cases neuter, are considered as expressive of the most general and comprehensive state of the pronoun.

These cases, therefore, discharge the office of a crude, and are constantly found at the commencement of compound words.


75. # mat, I," is taken for the crude of the sing.; and we asmat, "we," for the crude of the plur. of the first personal pronoun.

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76. mtwat, “thou," is taken for the crude of the sing, ; and yun yushmat, “you,” for the crude of the plural of the second personal pronoun.

* The acc. sing. may also be At; the dat., gen. À; the acc., dat., gen. dual al the acc., dat., gen. plur. 9: (cf. Lat. nos).

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