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

> A general-purpose partitive "of" seems to be missing from Klingon grammar.

> So far as I can find, we have examples only of {nIn Hoch} "all the fuel"
> and {tera' vatlh DIS poH cha'maH wej HochHom} "most of the 23rd Century".
> It's probably significant that both of these use a noun-noun construction
> and not an adjectival verb, as N1-N2 can be translated as "N2 of the N1".

There're also two examples in TKD, p. 54:

	mulegh cha'
	"Two (of them) see me."

	wa' yIHoH
	"Kill one (of them)!"

These are definitely partitives, presuppositional (not cardinal,
existential).  This observation, plus the {HochHom} example cited above, led
me to write the article on quantified noun phrases in HolQeD 5:3.

-- Holtej 'utlh

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