tlhIngan-Hol Archive: Wed Sep 08 19:26:34 1999

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Re: Puzzling motion

"William H. Martin" wrote:
> On Wed, 08 Sep 1999 09:33:40 -0500 Terrence Donnelly
> <> wrote:
> > I was doing some translating the other day, and I hit upon a
> > puzzler.  In light of the new rules regarding Type 5 suffixes
> > and motion verbs, how do you say "Where are you going?"
> >
> > 1. ?nuqDaq DajaH
> > 2. ?nuq DajaH
> > 3. ?nuqDaq bIjaH
> According to my understanding, the first two are asking for your
> destination, while the third one is asking for the scope of your
> travels. All three are valid questions, though I don't like the
> first one, though I recognize that it is completely valid. While
> offering opinions, AND THIS IS ONLY AN OPINION, I still prefer
> to use {ghoS} for this sort of thing and continue to use {jaH}
> with no direct object, so the third version is the only one I'd
> naturally use of these suggestions. I'd use {ghoS} instead for
> the second one and I wouldn't use the first one at all.
> It's just preferred style. You are quite free to use all three.
> > I'm pretty certain that 3 implies "You are going while at what place",
> > but I'm not sure about the other two.
> That's pretty much it, but as I see it, you are asking for the
> place that contains your going as opposed to the destination of
> your going.
> > -- ter'eS
> charghwI' 'utlh

nuqDaq yIleng
if just to remove the ambiguity of the motion.

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