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Re: adjectives, ???

Ed wrote:

>         from, THE KLINGON DICTIONARY, page 49 & 50.
>         the rover -qu' emphatic (section 4.3) may follow verbs functioning
> adjectivally. In this usage, it is usually translated "very".
>         Dujmey tInqu'   ==      very big ships
>         wanI' ramqu'    ==      a very unimportant event
>         If a type 5 noun suffix is used (section 3.3.5), it follows the verb,
> which, when used to modify the noun in this way, can have no other
> suffix except the rover -qu' emphatic, the type 5 noun suffix follows
> -qu'.
>         veng tInqu'Daq  ==      in the very big city
> Question ?
>         Does this mean that if there is a syntactic marker (noun type 5), then
> only -qu may be use, and if there is not a syntactic marker, then any of
> the other verb suffixes may be used ?

I asked this same question several months ago.  :)  When you use a verb to modify
a noun in this way, and you need to use a type 5 noun suffix, then the type 5 will
always follow the verb.   Other than that, the only suffix the verb can take is
-qu. So, syntactic marker or not, -qu is the only other suffix that may be used.

>         choS wewDaq nuHIvpu' tera'nganpu' maw'ba'.
>         the obviously crazy Earthlings they attacked us in the glow of
> twilight.
>         adjectives, maw'ba' & wewDaq
>         Is the verb aspect suffix #6 allowed on an adjective, if there is no
> noun suffix #5 ?

ghobe'.  Type 5 or -qu or both.  Nothing else.

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