L24 - Verbs

Verbs are of course, action words. We have already introduced plenty of verbs in the previous lessons but let's just take a moment to clear up how to use them.

We have already seen in lesson 14 that verbs do not change their form depending on tense. Instead, Thai has add-on words to define tense if necessary.

Thai verbs are used in much the same way as English verbs. They are placed after the subject and before any object or adverb.


go bpai
come mah
arrive teung
stand yeun
sit nang
lie down norn
sleep lap
walk dern
run wing
jump gra-dort
drive kap
talk poot
tell bork
ask tahm
listen fung
read ahn
write kee-an
smile yim
kiss joop
ruk love
eat gin
drink deum


The verb comes after the subject:

pom bpai - I go
koon mah - You come


If there is an object, the verb comes before the object:

pom gin plah - I eat fish
pom ruk koon - I love you


If there is an adverb, the verb comes before the adverb:

koon dern cha cha - You walk slowly
koon yim suay suay - You smile beautifully


If there is an object and an adverb, the order is
subject + verb + object + adverb:

pom bpai poo-get boi boi - I go to Phuket often
pom kap rot ray-oh ray-oh - I drive the car quickly






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