བྱ་ཚིག + ས་

Hi! :v:t3: :smile:

I’m not getting the meaning of ས་ in these sentences. Could you explain, please?





There are two different uses of “ས་” with verbs.

The first one comes as part of the verb. It shows that the speaker isn’t sure about what they’re saying. It’s kinda making it a hedge, it’s like saying “maybe” or “might”… It can come directly with the verb, but usually you’ll see it like this:

  • ཡིན་ས་རེད་
  • ཡོད་ས་རེད་

The other is a ‘nominalizer’, which makes a verb into a noun. There, it means a place where you do that thing:

  • འགྲོ་ས་ a path or road (literally a place [you use for] going)
  • བསྡད་ས་ a place to sit (eg a chair), or a place to stay (eg your house)
  • ཉལ་ས་ a bed (lit. a sleeping place)
  • གད་སྙིགས་བླུགས་ས་ a wastebasket (lit. a place to put your trash)

To understand which use it is, you just gotta check if the verb is still acting as a verb, and is part of the verb phrase, or if it is now acting like a noun :slight_smile:

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Oh that’s very helpful!

Then, in those examples, in the first phrase: ཉོ་ཆ་རྒྱག་ཡ་དངུལ་འདང་ས་མ་རེད།
ས་ is being used as this ‘uncertainty marker’, right?
Like “this might not be enough money for shopping”

And in the second phrase: གླིང་ཀ་གཏོང་ས་འགྲོ་ཡི་ཡིན། it means the place we do གླིང་ཀ་གཏོང། correct?


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that is how i read it, yes :slight_smile:

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