tlhIngan-Hol Archive: Tue Feb 23 18:17:01 1999
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RE: KLBC: double -bogh verbs
> 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>.
> So if this were a proper Klingon phrase, it would be yoHbogh 'ej
> matlhbogh SuvwI', qar'a'?
In general, when a subject is repeated between two different
sentences/clauses, it's better to state it in the *first* one and leave it
out in the second. This is a bit hard to get used to, but it is important.
<yoHbogh SuvwI' 'ej matlhbogh>