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Re: KLBC: 'e' x-lu'??

ja' HovqIj:
>> It's possible that the intended meaning with {'e' X-lu'} isn't quite
>> "one" or "someone" -- the translation uses English passive voice and
>> not an impersonal subject.
>I don't understand. I thought that <-lu'> meant "indefinite subject",
>i.e. "one" or "someone", in the first place, and that the passive voice
>in English was only used for better style.

The examples on TKW page 125 are both of the form <Y-lu' 'e' X-lu'>.
Maybe the second {-lu'} is there in order to make the "indefinite"
subject the same for both of the verbs; not just for parallelism of
style, but for a specific grammatical meaning.

-- ghunchu'wI'

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