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RE: KLBC: He's a better than...

jatlh veyDer:

> How do I say that something is better, more important, etc.?

There are a number of ways to do this. Here are some verbs you might use:

QaQ - be good
qaq - be preferable
nIv - be superior
po' - be skilled
potlh - be important
Dun - be great, wonderful
chong - be splendid, great (slang)
vaQ - be effective, vigorous, aggressive

Most (but not all) of the time, when you are comparing things in English
(e.g. he is more important than ...), you will use the Klingon comparative
form to translate. You can read about it in TKD section 6.6 on pages 70-71.
Here's how it works. To compare a quality Q of two nouns A and B, use the
following formula:

A Q law' B Q puS

For example:

jIH qan law' SoH qan puS - I am older than you.
pu'Daj tIn law' pu'wIj tIn puS - His phaser is bigger than mine.
yaS potlh law' qama' potlh puS - The officer is more important than the

The most important thing about law'/puS is to remember that it is a formula
that doesn't relate much to the rest of Klingon grammar. Once you've got
that, it's pretty easy to deal with.

> wa'maHvaD Hut ghu'mey Qap wa''uy'vaD wa' laHmey

I think you've got your <-vaD>'s a little mixed up here. In the first part,
the <-vaD> should go on the <ghu'mey>. You don't want to say "for the ten
... " or even "for the *nineteen* ...". You want to say "For ...
*situations*" that you want to say, so you have to put the <-vaD> on the

In the second part, you don't need a <-vaD> at all.

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