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Re: [KLBC] is there a word for 'attend'?

Dum'er wrote:
 >> I wanted to translate "I don't think I'll go to my exam tomorrow" (I 
have some
 >> stupid test in school tomorrow but I think I'll skip it), and I came up 
 >> wa'leS DuSaQ qaDwIj vISuchbe'law'

> > "Tomorrow I apparently will not visit my test of school."

>Noun-noun isn't always possessive.  If you're trying for "school challenge,"
>/DuSaQ qaD/ works just fine.  Whether "school challenge" obviously means
>"test" is another matter entirely . . . .

A {qaD} "challenge, test of one's abilities" (KGT) may be appropriate for a 
physical test or evaluation - e.g. during gym (P.T.), martial arts, a fight 
with a rival during recess, etc.  But if Dum'er wants to avoid an academic 
test, he has other options (other than studying, of course):

{chov}  "assess, evaluate, test"

   luchovmeH 'oy'naQmey lo'
   [Warriors] who test him with painstiks. (SkyBox S9)

   tlhIngan wo' yuQmey chovlu'chugh Qo'noS potlh law' Hoch potlh puS.
   The principal planet of the Klingon Empire, Qo'noS... (SkyBox S27)

{Daj}  "test inconclusively"

   vaj toDuj Daj ngeHbej DI vI'
   Shooting space garbage is no test of a warrior's mettle.  (ST5)
   ["Sharpshooting of the cosmos' litter inconclusively tests a warrior's
   courage."] (TKW)

{tob}  "test conclusively"

   "One accepts a challenge ({qab 'ang} [literally, "shows face"]) in order to
   prove one's honor ({quv tob} [literally, "test honor conclusively"])" in a
   duel. (KGT p.69)

   logh veQDaq bachchugh, yoH 'e' toblaHbe' SuvwI'.
   Shooting space garbage is no test of a warrior's mettle. (MO's ST5 notes)

   SuvwI' qa' patlh veb chavlaHmeH tlhIngan lo'chu' chaH. toDujDaj toblu'
   [They] use the devices [painstiks] to inflict pain in a manner which will
   allow the Klingon to attain a higher state of spirituality as a warrior,
    proving his mettle. (SkyBox S32)

And {waH} "try out, use experimentally" also works in the right context 
(i.e. "test drive, flight test").

Of these, {chov} seems the best fit:

   "I don't think I'll go to my exam tomorrow."

   wa'leS muchovmeH jISaHbe' 'e' vIQub.
   I think that I will not be present for them to test me tomorrow.

   wa'leS muchovmeH jISaHQo' 'e' vIQub.
   I think that I'll refuse to be present for them to test me tomorrow.

Ca'Non Master of the Klingons

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