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> To say what is your name.
> {ponglI' nuq}
> you wouldn't say {ponglIj nuq} would you?

Oh, yes.
The type4 possessive suffixes change referring to the noun they're attached
to (do I understand what I say?;-)

With things in general, use the "full" suffixes {-wIj, -lIj,} etc
And with persons capable of speech, use the suffixes ending on the
apostrophe {-wI', -lI', -ma'} etc.

Examples explain:
  my father {vavwI'}
  your mother {SoSlI'}
  the enemy of you all {jaghra'}

  my feather {bowIj}
  your food {SojlIj}
  you all's ship {Dujraj}

So if you want to say "your name", the "name" is not capable of language
speech, so use the suffix for things in general:

To say "what is your name?"
I prefer the construction
   {nuq 'oH ponglIj'e'}
because then one can answer in the same pattern
   {Quvar 'oH pongwIj'e'}

Beginners' Grammarian
  ghojwI'pu'wI vISaH

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