Observations on Pashto Grammar


Pashto (Pakhto) a language spoken in Northern Pakistan and throughout Afghanistan. I’ve been slowly learning it for a few months now. Here’s what I noticed about the grammar. Sentence structures are:

[Subject] [Object] [Verb]

If you can understand this basic pattern, the rest is much easier.

The ending of -a on a noun makes it feminine. The prefix of na- negates a verb, but if the sentence is a noun-sentence (ie, Is X Y) then you put the na after the second noun.

They have a lot of kha’s. Seems like that’s every 3rd letter. That’s the difference between Kandahari and Peshawari Pashto.

Lots more later, in sha Allah…

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