May 05, 2012

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Apart from its use as a main verb and a modal verb, shes pa (“to know”), particular in the negative, can also be used to construe other verbal adjectives (i.e. Zustandsverben). The following are some examples that are of lexical interests: (1) ngoms mi shes pa (Bod rgya) “to be insatiable,” (2) zad mi shes pa (Bod rgya) “to be inexhaustible,” (3) chog mi shes pa (Bod rgya) “to be insatiable” or “to know no contentment,” (4) yong mi shes pa (Bod rgya) “to be impossible,” (5) ngo nongs mi shes pa (Bod rgya) “to be indiscreet” or “to know no inhibition,” and (6) brjod mi shes pa (Bod rgya) “to be inexpressible.” Except chog shes pa (“to be content”), which can be construed in the positive, I wonder if the rest can be construed only in the negative. Of course, the substantive form chog shes (“contentment”) should also be noted. Note also ngo shes pa “to recognize” (lit. “to cognize the face/visage”).

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