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Re: puS and law'

>  > i was thinking about this sentence:
>>  reH latlh qabDaq qul tuj law' Hoch tuj puS.
>>  i cannot analize this sentence correctly.
>>  "always at other face the heat of fire is more, the heat of
>>  everything is less."
>>  is /qul/ a noun or a verb?
>>  here another example:
>>  qIbDaq SuvwI''e' SoH Dun law' Hoch Dun puS.
>>  i would expect something like:
>>  */Dun SoH law' Dun Hoch puS/
>>  is there a rule or is it an exception that the verb /Dun/ comes after
>>  the subject /SoH/ respectivly /Hoch/?
>The law'/puS comparative is a special construction all it's own.
>TKD Sec 6.6 p70:
>6.6. Comparatives and superlatives
>The idea of something being more or greater than something
>else (comparative) is expressed by means of a construction
>which can be represented by the following formula:
>   A Q {law'} B Q {puS}

if i think of /law'/ and /puS/ as verbs, i must think of A Q and B Q 
as noun-noun compounds. then the quality (a verb) would get changed 
into a noun. but this normally never happens, does it? hm. this 
construction is no normal klingon sentence, is it? it's a 
construction of its own, it seems, doesn't it?

>In this formula, A and B are the two things being compared
>and Q is the quality which is being measured. The two
>Klingon words in the formula are {law'} <be many> and {puS} <be
>few.> Thus, it says <A's Q is many, B's Q is few> or <A has more Q
>than B has> or <A is Q-er than B.>



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