tlhIngan-Hol Archive: Fri Jan 15 13:38:30 1999
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Re: RE: -bogh and -wI'
On Fri, 15 Jan 1999 12:10:15 -0800 (PST) "Andeen, Eric"
> I do not cause it to need to be correct ??!?!? - this one doesn't make any
> sense to me.
Well, it doubly makes sense to me. As you interpret it, given
the right context, it might be that it needs to be correct and
someone is accusing me of creating that need and I want to state
strongly that the need is independent of me. I am not the origin
of the need. It needs to be correct, but I don't cause it to
need to be correct. Some other source (law, perhaps or tradition
or, of course, honor) causes it to need to be correct.
This could also mean, "I need to not cause it to be correct." In
other words, maybe it is incorrect and I need to keep it that
way for auditing purposes or instructional purposes or whatever.
Or maybe it is incorrect, but I have pressing needs to do other
things and any suggestion that I take the time to correct it
would be met with vigorous objection.
So, depending on context, it could be meaningful.
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