tlhIngan-Hol Archive: Sat Feb 20 16:55:20 1999

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Re: ma'veq: It's official

ja' peHruS:
><< >jabbI'IDwIj vIlI'pu'DI' narghpu'
> narghpu'chugh chaH bIlI'pu'DI', qatlh bIlI'choHDI' Daleghta'be'?
>  >>
>They {those messages of other people} appeared...... only after I had already
>sent my messages.

Oh, I see what's going on.  I read your original sentence as saying
"when I had transmitted my data transmissions they had appeared."
Notice that your English explanation of the meaning doesn't have a
"completed" aspect on the word "appear" -- it shouldn't have one in
the Klingon either.

This looks like a case either of getting the perfective idea confused
with past tense, or of misunderstanding the appropriate reason to use
a perfective idea in the first place.  Take {-pu} off the main verb,
and it becomes a much clearer "they appeared when I had transmitted my
data transmissions."

-- ghunchu'wI'

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