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    Posted by Michael on January 12, 2023 at 12:29 pm

    I’m still a beginner but am looking for a translation for the English word “with”. Not “with” as in “accompanying”, but more like “using”. Eg “I hit him with a sword”, “I paid with a credit card”, “I listened with headphones”, as opposed to “I went there with her”. I use the boQwI’ Hol app and it’s usually very good, but I couldn’t find any word on it which seemed to match<div>

    Thanks in advance

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    Andrew replied 1 week, 3 days ago 2 Members · 1 Reply
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  • Andrew

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    January 22, 2023 at 2:55 pm
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    Klingon has no prepositions at all, so you have to use verbs to express using something in order to do something.

    {QIn vIghItlhmeH nItlh ‘echlet vIlo’} “I type a message on a keyboard.” [literally, “I use a finger board in order to write a message.”

    {tlhapragh vIbuQmeH ‘obmaQ vIQach} “I threatened the monster with an axe.” [literally, “In order to threaten the monster I wield an axe.]

    In general {lo’} is used for this purpose as you can see it sometimes pays to get colorful and see what other verbs can also work.