tlhIngan-Hol Archive: Fri Feb 19 05:45:10 1999

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Re: ma'veq: It's official

>>I am not trying to say, "I used to think...", I am actually trying to say
>>"I had thought..." which is completely different.
>*I* don't see much difference. They both seem to say something like
>"I thought ... once, but now I don't."

That is yet another, different, statement. I will tell you why. They are
all in separate tenses:

"I used to think..." is in the imperfect past tense.
"I had thought..." is in the perfect past tense.
"I thought..." is in plain, old, vanilla, past tense.

They are all different, the difference is subtle, but it is there. It is a
common error to confuse these tenses, but it is an error none the less. It
may be important to understand what I am trying to assay in your *own*
language, before you try to understand my translation of it. I am not
protesting that there no tenses in the Klingon language. I am not saying
that I can put a type 7 suffix on the second part of a SOA sentence. I am,
however, saying that I do not care. I am, on occasion, willing to sacrifice
perfect grammar in the interest of clarity. People do it all the time.


>>*chutmey vIlobbe'qang 'e' vIjatlh neH. HIchergh.*
>va. bIHeSqu'be', 'ach bIbIvbej. bIQoSbe'mo' qacherghqangbe'.

jum 'e': Hoch vIcherghlaH. QeH'a' Sep cherghbe'ghach 'ej QeH'a' vIneHbe'
jIH. HIchergh.

--- loD Doq

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