Consider two sentences.

1) Toy moved  2) I moved toy

The first sentence talks about action that was taken by toy. Second sentence says what caused that action. It was me !

In both the sentences we used verb “move”. 

But in Marathi verb will change when you want to indicate cause of action. 

e.g. Toy moved -> खेळणे हलले (kheLaNe halale)

I moved toy -> मी खेळणे हलवले (mI kheLaNe halavale)

So in simple sentence, we used verb हलणे(halaNe).To indicate cause of action we used verb  हलवणे (halavaNe).

This is what I am calling as Causative verb. There are different way to create causative verb.

Way 1) As you can see causative verb हलवणे (halavaNe) is very similar to main verb हलणे(halaNe). 

We just added व(v) to the stem of main verb to make causative verb.

हल (hala) + व(v) -> हलव (halav

Another example 

To cook -> शिजणे (shijaNe)

To cause to cook -> शिजणे (shijavaNe)

Rice cooked -> भात शिजला  (bhAt shijalA )

I cooked rice  -> मी भात शिजवला  (mI bhAt shijavalA)

Way 2) There is another way to create causative verb. 

In first letter of verb, vowel is changed from अ(a) to आ(A)


To Die                               -> रणे (maraNe)

To cause to die / To kill       -> मारणे (mAraNe)


To fall                               -> डणे (paDaNe)

To cause to fall                  -> पाडणे (pADaNe)

Way 3) Other way is to change उट(uT) in the beginning of verb to ओड(oD)


To break -> फुटणे (phuTaNe)

Beginning is फुट(phuT) i.e. फ(ph) + उट(ut)

Now, फ(ph) + ओड(oD) -> फोड (phoD)

So verb becomes फोडणे (phoDaNe)


To break -> फुटणे (phuTaNe)

To cause break -> फोडणे (phoDaNe)

e.g. Glass broke -> ग्लास फुटला (glAs phuTalA )

I broke glass -> मी ग्लास फोडला (mI glAs phoDalA )

Another example; To leave -> सुटणे(suTaNe)

To cause to leave -> सोडणे(soDaNe)

Way 4) Unrelated verb as causative verb

To drink ->पीणे(pINe)

To cause to drink / To feed a liquid -> पाजणे (pAjaNe)

To eat -> खाणे (khANe)

To feed -> भरवणे (bharavaNe)


Important :- 

1) There is no grammar rule which dictates which of the above way to be used to create causative verb. It is just custom that dictates.

As per way 1, causative verb of मरणे (maraNe) could have been मरवणे(maravaNe). But is NOT so. It is मारणे(mAraNe). Why? Answer is custom 🙂


2) Similarly not all verb can have its causative verb.


3) Sometimes the verb which looks like a causative form has altogether different meaning. 

e.g. बोलणे(bolaNe) means “to speak” but बोलवणे(bolavaNe) does NOT mean cause to speak. It means “To Call”

पळणे(paLaNe) means “to run” but पाळणे(pALaNe) means “To keep a domestic animal” 


So looking at so much irregularity, simple way to study is to treat each verb separately.  

But I added this lesson here because in next 4 lessons where I have listed verbs in English and Marathi. You may find that there are two rows for few verbs. You may think that they are synonyms. But with reference to this lesson and example given there, you will understand that, one row is for main verb and other is for causative verb. 


Those who know Hindi or other Indian languages, it is not a new concept. Such pairs are present there as well. e.g. in Hindi, 

मरना-मारना(maranA-mAranA), पीना-पिलाना(pInA-pilAnA), हिलना-हिलाना(hilanA-hilAnA)  etc.

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