[76 Lesson Seven
When he was about to depart from the hotel, (he) received a phone call.
c. ཁོ་ཚོས་ལྟོ་ཟ་གྲབས་འདུག།
he plby food eat about exist
They are about to eat food.
d. ཁོ་གཉིས་ནང་ལ་ལོག་གྲབས་ཡོད་པ་རེད
he two home toretuurn about exist
Those two are about to retuurn home. i̅ i̅ i̅
When the verb "to do" follows གྲབས་, the meaning conveyed is that the actor is
getting ready to do the verbal action. For exarnple,
e. ཁོ་ནང་ལ་ལོག་གྲབས་བྱེད་དུས་ཆར་པ་བཏང་སོང་། i̅
he home toretuurni̅about do when ra i n fell went compl.
When he was getti ng ready toretuurn home, it rai ned.
f. ཁོ་པ་ཚོས་ཁ་ལག་བཟོ་གྲབས་བྱེད་ཀྱི་ཡོད་པ་རེད།
he pl.by food make about do pres. compl.
They are gettingready to makei̅food (a meal) . [ ]། i̅
If the verb i n such constructions is in the past tense, the overall meaning chaunges to
"alm ost di d" the verbal action. For example,
g. ཁོས་ཁ་ས་གློག་བརྙན་ལ་འགྲོ་གྲབས་བྱས་པ་རེད།
heby movi e to go about did past compl.
He alm ost went to the m ovie yesterday.
h. ཁོ་ན་ན་ ས་ ཤི་ གྲབས་བྱས་པ་རེད།
he sick havi ng die aboutdid past compl.
Having gotten sick, he almost died. i̅
ཉི་ and ཉེར་ are usedwith verb stems to convey the meaning of "about to" or "close
to" the verbal acti on.
i. ཁོ་བོ་ད་ལ་འགྲོ་ཉིར་རེད།
he tibet to go about is
i̅He is about to go to Ti bet.
j. ནང་པ་དེ་ཚོ་ལྷ་སར་ཐོན་ཉིར་སླེབས་པ་རེད།
buddhi st th at pl. lh asato depart about au̲rnve past compl.
Those Buddhists au e about to depart for Lhasa (lit., "it has arrived near to departure") .
7. I The polite imperativevb. + དང་ i̅ i̅
དང་ is added to verbs when one wants to ask someone to do somethi ng i n a polite
way. i̅
a. ཞོགས་པ་སྔ་པོ་ལངས་ནས་དེ་བ་ཀློག་དང་།
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