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RE: KLBC: double -bogh verbs

jatlh T'Lod:

> I have seen an example of two verbs suffixed with -bogh, connected 
> with je at the end, most notably in the Klingon Anthem: yoHbogh 
> matlhbogh je SuvwI'. Could someone explain this usage to me and 
> how a noun conjunction is used with verb clauses?

Simple - it's not. This example comes from a song, and is a good example of
Okrand taking poetic license. Poetry and song lyrics often break grammatical
conventions to achieve some other aesthetic objective, and that's what's
going on here. I believe (although I am not sure) that Okrand himself has
said that this is not grammatical, and was done solely to sound good in the
song. The normal way to combine multiple <-bogh> clauses is with <'ej>.

Beginners' Grammarian

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