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transitive/intransitive (was Re: Qapbe' DujwIj)

ja' peHruS:
>latlh wa' jabbI'ID vIlabqang:  tlhIngan Hol mu'ghom 'oH mungmaj'e', qar'a'.
>Hur De' wIlo'nISbe'chugh, tlhIngan Hol mu'ghom nuqDaq mu' {transitive} mu'
>{intransitive} qoj boSam?

mu'meyvam lutu'be'lu', 'ach qech'e' Delbogh mu'meyvam tu'lu'bej.

TKD page 33-34:
|  The prefixes in the first column of the chart (headed
|  "none") are used when there is no object; that is, when the
|  action of the verb affects only the subject (the "doer").
|  [example of {Qong} "sleep" with only no-object prefixes]
|  This set of prefixes is also used when an object is possible,
|  but unknown or vague.  [example of {yaj} "understand"]

It is apparent from this discussion of the verb prefixes that some verbs
generally can have objects and some verbs generally can not.  Rather than
refer to them as "verbs which can have an object" and "verbs which can not
have an object", we apply a commonly understood linguistic term and call
them "transitive verbs" and "intransitive verbs".  The terms are not used
by Okrand in The Klingon Dictionary, but the idea of classifying verbs based
on whether or not an object is possible does not come from an outside source.

-- ghunchu'wI'

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