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RE: KLBC a question with a word

ghel chavta'ngav. jatlh:
> pagh, 
>   I saw in a sentence the other day a good example of a question I 
>   have been wanting to ask,... <DawI'pu'> was used in a sentence 
>    <Da> would be....[behave as, in the manner of (v)] 
>     <DawI'> would be... [thing that behaves in the manner of (n)] 
>    but, my question is... if some verb has the <wI'> suffix and is    
>    used as a noun ,are the other suffix's used noun suffixs 
> or verb suffixes??? 
>     in the above example I dont know if the <pu'> sufix is used as 
>   a noun or verb suffix <DawI'pu'> is the <pu'> meaning 
> perfective or plural ?? 

Good question. The answer is that *both* types of suffixes can be used. If
they're after the <-wI'>, they're noun suffixes, and if they're before,
they're verb suffixes. <-wI'> is a type 9 suffix, so it always goes at the
end of the verb suffixes.

Most of the other verb suffixes can go with <-wI'> and work just fine.

puvlaHchu'wI' - One who is able to fly perfectly
HoH'eghruplaw'taHwI' - One who is apparently continuously ready to kill

These examples may sound a little contrived in English, but they are
perfectly natural in Klingon, although it's probably not too common to see
<-wI'> paired with too many other verb suffixes.

Once you've added the <-wI'>, the verb with all its suffixes turns into a
noun. You can therefore add most noun suffixes. Some combinations probably
don't make sense, and some are somewhat redundant (e.g. <-law'wI'Hey>,
<-bejwI'na'>, etc.), but for the most part, you can do what you want. Some

ghojpu'wI'pu'wI' - My former students
pe''eghwI'HeylI' - Your apparent scorekeeper 
NOTE: pe''egh (literally "cut oneself") is an idiom for "keep score"

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