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Re: KLBC: jIjat

In an {X-taHvIS Y} situation, you know the following:

(1) X is continuous, because it has the {-taH} suffix.

(2) Y is not continuous, and it is not completed.

If you want Y to be continuous or completed, you have to use the appropriate
suffix, for instance:

X-taHvIS Y-taH.

Some examples:

jIyIttaHvIS chal vIlegh.
While I was walking, I looked at the sky.  (The looking is not continous or

jIyIttaHvIS chal vIleghtaH.
While I was walking, I was looking at the sky.  (The looking is continuous.)

jIyIttaHvIS chal vIleghpu'.
While I was walking, I had already looked at the sky.  (The looking is
complete.  In this particular example, this doesn't mean very much, but I
have seen examples where the distinction was important.)

Stardate 99068.6

-----Original Message-----
From: Terry Donnelly <>
To: Multiple recipients of list <>
Date: Monday, January 25, 1999 12:57 PM
Subject: Re: KLBC: jIjat

>I don't think this is the only interpretation.  It can mean that, but
>I think this does not rule out the notion that both actions occur for
>same amount of time, as far as I read the definition.  /X-taHvIS Y/
>a specific span of time (while X is occuring), but Y can be _either_ a
>one-time, intermittent or continuous action during that span of time.  I
>don't see /-taHvIS/ limiting the nature of the Y verb.

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