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RE: KLBC: Prefix trick

jatlh T'Lod:

> What is the "prefix trick" that was referred to in the clothing 
> thread?  I seem to have missed it.

The "prefix trick" is a bit of Klingon grammar. If a verb has an indirect
object (IO) that is first or second person (me, you, us) and a direct object
(DO) that is third person, then instead of using the usual {IO-vaD DO verb}
formation, the verb prefix can be changed to indicate the indirect object.

SoHvaD matlh vIpong - "I call you Maltz" - becomes
matlh qapong

jIHvaD paq yInob - "Give me the book" - becomes
paq HInob

Beginners' Grammarian

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