How to Conjugate “to Eat” in Present Tense in Hindi

We are going to learn how to conjugate “to eat” in present tense in Hindi. In Hindi “to eat” is khaana.

Khaana is a tricky ‘h” word. There are a lot of words in Hindi where there’s a consonant followed by an ‘h’. To pronounce these words correctly, one has to combine the two sounds together – they form one sound. That takes some getting used to.

The word, “khaana” actually has two meanings in Hindi:

  • To eat
  • Food

To eat is a verb and food is a noun. To understand how the word is being used in a sentence, context is key. For example if someone asks, “Aapko kon sa khaana pasand hai?” That means what kind of food do you like?

If someone says, “Mai har din ek sabe khaathee hoo.” That means I eat one apple every day. Khaana – the verb – has been conjugated to khaathee. And based on the conjugation we know that the speaker is female. If the speaker was male the conjugation would say, khaatha.

Note About Spellings In My Lessons

I specialize in teaching children whose first language is English. Thus the way I spell Hindi words phonetically is based on how they have learned to read and write.

What’s the Difference Between Khaana and Bhojan? 

Great question! For those that know some Hindi you might be wondering how these two words are difference. Khaana means food and bhojan means meal.  

What Does Conjugation Mean?

Conjugation means when the ending of a verb is changed. In this case the verb is changed to communicate who is doing the action or to describe someone doing an action.

The verb ending will change based on whether a male or female is talking about him/her self as in “I eat”. Or when addressing someone by saying, “you eat” or describing someone or some people by saying “he dances, she eats, or they eat”. And what about we as in “we eat” – yep there’s a different conjugation for that too.

What Does Present Tense Mean?

What does present tense mean? It means an action this happening now or is habitually performed. Ok, the first part seems simple enough. The present is an action happening now…in the present.

But what’s an action that’s habitually performed? Well for example, “I read books.” Or “I eat chocolate every day.” Maybe you are not reading or eating chocolate right now, but it’s something that is part of your life – a habit.

In this video you will learn the subject pronouns, the conjugations for each subject pronoun as well as the ending of the sentence.

Those are the three elements that make up a very basic conjugated sentence in Hindi, in present tense:

subject pronouns

verb ending

hoo or hai

How To Conjugate “To Eat” in Present Tense Hindi

Note About Spellings In My Lessons

I specialize in teaching children whose first language is English. Thus the way I spell Hindi words phonetically is based on how they have learned to read and write.

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Khaana (Food) of India

We know that Indian food is one of the most diverse and loved cuisines across the world. Every region and state in India has its own rich food culture and flavors. So when non-Indian people say, “I love Indian food” while they’re often referring to north Indian cuisine – naan, malai kofta, etc. it’s not necessary.

From dhokla and dosa to dahi puri, kichadi to chaat and idiyappam and kadala curry, thepla to sambar there’s so much variety!

Indian Food Blogs

This is a list of food blogs that are focused on Indian cuisine or operated by South Asians who have blended Indian cuisines with tastes across the globe.

Vegan Richa (vegan)
Rainbow Plant Life (vegan)
Holy Cow (vegan Indian and other cuisines)
Vegetarian Gastronomy (vegetarian Indian and other cuisines)
Purvi Shah (Indian vegan)
Cravings4Vegan (Indian vegan)
Hebbars Kitchen (Indian vegetarian)
Manjula’s Kitchen (Indian vegetarian)
Vidhya’s Vegetarian Kitchen (vegetarian + South Indian)
The Chutney Life (veg, non-veg, Indian and other cuisines)
Ministry of Curry (veg, non-veg, Indian and other cuisines)
Hari Gotra (Indian veg and non-veg)

Take Aways

Today we learned how to conjugate “to eat” in present tense in Hindi. You got a look at the subject pronouns, conjugations, and endings.

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