tlhIngan-Hol Archive: Sun Feb 14 16:54:30 1999

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Re: KLBC: Complex sentences

:       "I think you are stupid."
: 	"She says that she thinks she could do it."

ja' peHruS:
>I wish to add that I am surprised that we have yet to see anyone talk about
>the verb suffix type 6 -law' used as "I think that; I suspect that."  (TKD p
>40, 4.2.6)
>bIQIplaw' for one sentence above, but chav ghaH 'e' Qub ghaH for another.

The qualification suffixes are useful for making a distinction between
{bIQIplaw'} "I think you're stupid" and {bIQIpbej} "I'm sure you're stupid."
However, if you just want to express your opinion of someone's stupidity,
{bIQIp 'e' vIQub} is fine.

The second suggestion is strangely weak and verbose at the same time.  I'd
say {chavlaH 'e' Har} "(s)he believes that (s)he can achieve it."  Adding
the "she says" part into it, I come up with {jatlh vIchavlaH 'e' vIHar}
"(s)he says 'I believe that I can achieve it.'"

-- ghunchu'wI'

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