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RE: KLBC: Hol vI'lo 'e' vInID (cha')

jatlh tuv'el:
> KLBC: Hol vI'lo 'e' vInID (cha')

> ...
>> ghay'cha'! chay' ta'lu'????
> "^#&%'$#&'! How was this done????"


>>> tajvetlh HInob!
>>> Give me that knife!
>> maj. Good use of the "prefix trick".
> Heheh. Well, I haven't read that part of the FAQ yet, 
> so I have no idea what the prefix trick is.

You know how to use it whether you've read about it or not.

> mu'tlheghmey chu':
> SuqetlaH 'ach SuSo'laHbe'.
> You can run, but you can't hide.


> SaleghlaHchu' 'ach tuleghlaHbe'.
> I can see you guys clearly, but you can't see me.

Ah, fun with underused prefixes. maj.

> qatlh tulehglaHbe'? ghevI'rajDaq jISo'mo'!
> Why can't you see me?  
> Because I'm hiding in your gagh sauce!

'up! The second sentence has no main clause, and is therefore not a complete
sentence. That's probably OK in this type of writing, though.

> taHqeq! tuSopQo'qu'!
> [Idiots]!  Don't you dare eat me!

Cute self censorship in DIvI' Hol. The second sentence is an imperative, so
it has to use the imperative prefix <HI-> rather than <tu->.

> SunIDchugh nujlIj 'aqroS meQmeH 
> nISwI'HIchwIj vIlo'!
> If you try, I'll burn the roof of your mouth 
> with my disruptor pistol!
> (I have a nasty feeling about this sentence. Ah well.)
You've switched from addressing a group to a single person. Was that
intentional? Also, while you can often drop the prefix or <-lu'> from a verb
with <-meH>, I think this is a case where it is necessary, or at least
better. I'd say <... vImeQmeH ...> here.

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