[INDOLOGY] translating optative and indicative

Dominik Wujastyk wujastyk at gmail.com
Wed Jun 5 19:00:34 UTC 2019

The optative, bhavet, syāt, etc. should often be translated in modern
English in an indicative sense.  Is there some formal grammatical
documentation for this somewhere?

Related, modern speakers of Indian English often use an
optative/subjunctive/conditional "would" where a native British speaker
would use a more direct indicative "is".


Professor Dominik Wujastyk <http://ualberta.academia.edu/DominikWujastyk>

Singhmar Chair in Classical Indian Society and Polity

Department of History and Classics <http://historyandclassics.ualberta.ca/>
University of Alberta, Canada

South Asia at the U of A:


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