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"yIDuv wa'"

Regarding:  yIDuv wa'

Jeremy, what's going on here is that you have (inadvertantly, I assume), 
stumbled onto the forefront of grammar.  I understand (now) what you are
doing and why, and frankly, it's probably correct.  But it *is* onthe
frontier.  It's very unusual, nobody has really done this before.  I
understand why charghwI' is uncomfortable with it.  But this kind of thing
is beyond the normal scope of Beginner's Grammarian, so feel free to stand
your ground on it.  Like I said, your construction is probably correct, and
in any case is not provably *incorrect*.  BUT:  it IS unusual and
certainly controversial, which means  you still might want to rework it,
just to be clearer, because people are frankly going to have a hard time
understanding it.  Since what you seem to be trying to get across is that
only one person should advance, regardless of how many people are at the
door, I might do it as:  yIDuv wa' neH.

In any case, you have assuredly stirred up a grammatical hornet's nest. {{:-)
This one will certainly be argued about. {{:-)

		--Captain Krankor

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