Hindi-Urdu: put sth in (alphabetical, etc.) order

amiramir

Senior Member
English-USA
Hello,

How do we express 'put in order?'

As in:

- Let's order the books by size. = KitaabeN (size?) ke anusaar rakheN. Is that idiomatic? Do both 'ke hisaab' and ke mutaabik (q?) work here?
- Put the numbers in order from smallest to largest = numbaroN ko ... and then I get lost.
- Put the words in alphabetical order = alfaaz ko (or as my grandmother I think would have said, lafzoN ko) or shabdoN ko ....


Thank you.
 
  • Alfaaz

    Senior Member
    English
    Urdu:
    • to order, arrange, etc. - ترتیب دینا - tartiib denaa
    • ordered, arranged, classified, etc. - مرتّب - murattab
    • arranger, etc. - مرتِّب - murattib
    Your example sentences could be translated in various ways. Here are a few possible translations:

    Let's order the books by size.

    • کتب کو بحساب حجم ترتیب دیتے ہیں - kutub ko ba-Hisaab-e-Hajm tartiib dete haiN.
    • آئیے، کتابوں کو حجم کے (حساب سے/مطابق) ترتیب دیں- aa'iye, kitaaboN ko Hajm ke (Hisaab se/mutaabiq) tartiib deN.
    Put the numbers in ascending order.
    • اعداد کو صُعودی ترتیب دیں - a3daad ko Su3uudii tartiib deN.
    Arrange the numbers in descending order.
    • اعداد کو نُزولی ترتیب دیں - a3daad ko nuzuulii tartiib deN.
    Arrange the words in alphabetical order.
    • الفاظ کو الفبائی/الفیائی/ابجدی ترتیب دیں - alfaaz ko alifbaa'ii/alifyaa'ii/abjadii tartiib deN.
    • الفاظ کو حُروف تہجّی کے مطابق ترتیب دیں - alfaaz ko Huruuf-e-tahajjii ke mutaabiq tartiib deN.
     

    littlepond

    Senior Member
    Hindi
    - Let's order the books by size. = KitaabeN (size?) ke anusaar rakheN. Is that idiomatic? Do both 'ke hisaab' and ke mutaabik (q?) work here?

    Yes, all three work. Size or "aakaar". For hisaab, use "hisaab se". Also, "kitaabeN aakaar ke kram meN rakh dete haiN". You could always replace "kitaabeN" with "kitaaboN ko".

    - Put the numbers in order from smallest to largest = numbaroN ko ... and then I get lost.

    "nambaroN/aaNkdoN/sankhyaaoN ko chhoTe se baRe (kram) meN lagaaiye/lagaayeN". Instead of "meN", you could also use "ke anusaar", "ke hisaab se", etc.

    - Put the words in alphabetical order = alfaaz ko (or as my grandmother I think would have said, lafzoN ko) or shabdoN ko ....

    "shabdoN ko varNmaalaa kram meN lagaaiye/lagaayeN"
     

    amiramir

    Senior Member
    English-USA
    Thanks to you both.

    I had thought about 'aakaar' but then I thought it might be more 'shape' (which is how I learned it) and less 'size.'

    (I initially wrote' ke hisaab SE' as it sounded wrong without the 'se', but then I deleted it, as I couldn't think of a good semantic reason why it should be there, and I sometimes doubt my ear)
     
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