tlhIngan-Hol Archive: Fri Jun 25 14:48:03 1993
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instrumental case which isn't there
- From: Randall Holmes <firstname.lastname@example.org>
- Subject: instrumental case which isn't there
- Date: Fri, 25 Jun 93 14:44:13 -0600
A question (or proposal):
Can the special sentence pronoun 'e' take noun suffixes?
If it can, can the vexing problem of the instrumental be
solved as follows:
verengan vIHoHpu' 'e'vaD tajvam ghaHpu'
I killed the Ferengi with this knife,
literally "I killed the Ferengi; for that, this knife was".
This seems reasonably economical; the really superfluous
seeming element is the pronoun used for "to be" which is needed to
complete the second sentence; I felt the need to make it agree in
aspect with the verb in the main sentence, but this is optional.
--"Randall Holmes" mughlaw'wI'