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RE: -mo'

: jatlh QInteS:
: > Can {-mo'} modify entire sentences?
: <-mo'> can verbs as well as nouns, so yes. The appendix to TKD on page
: 175-176 gives us three other type 9 verb suffixes: <-ghach>, <-jaj>, and
: <-mo'>. It says that <-mo'> behaves just like it's noun counterpart. 

Examples of {-mo'} in canon:

  HoS law'qu' natlhmo' So'wI' QaptaHvIS So'wI' QaplaHbe' nuHmey.  
  Due to the tremendous energy drain of a cloaking device, weapons cannot
   be discharged while the cloak is in operation. (SkyBox S33)

  jIpaSqu'mo' narghpu' qaSuchmeH 'eb.
  I was too late to visit you.  (st.k 1/98)
  ("Because I'm very late, the opportunity to visit you has escaped.")
: > Can there be more than one clause in a sentence?
: There cannot be more than one main clause in a sentence without a
: conjunction, ... [snip]

There can, however, be several dependent clauses in a sentence linked with
conjunctions or Type 9 verb suffixes.  Here's a example of a Klingon
sentence with four clauses connected with {-meH} followed by another
sentence linked with {vaj} which Okrand translates all together in one long
English sentence:

  HaDlu'meH, QuSlu'meH, SuDlu'meH lojmIt Da logh Hop Hut tengchaH.
   vaj loghDaq lenglaHtaH Humanpu'.
  space station Deep Space Nine is the gateway for the exploration,
   intrigue and enterprise that mark the continuation of the human
   adventure into space... (SkyBox DS99)

This is a great example of how one should look beyond the text and
translate the underlying thought, and not become fixated on precisely
reproducing all the specific grammatical features and forms of the original

: pagh
: Beginners' Grammarian

Ca'Non Master of the Klingons 

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