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RE: [KLBC] superlative + bogh?

> : la' jaq law' Hoch jaq puS means 'the commander is boldest of all'. So
> : would I say 'the commander who is boldest of all' ("the boldest
> : commander")? Where does the -bogh go? After law'?
> I'll let the BG explain the intricacies of the surprisingly
> flexible {law'/puS}
> formula, but while you wait take a look at the one example of a
> superlative + {-bogh} we have from SkyBox card S7:
>   DujvamDaq tlhIngan nuH tu'lu'bogh pov law' Hoch pov puS 'ej DujvamDaq
>    'op SuvwI' tu'lu'bogh po' law' tlhIngan yo' SuvwI' law' po' puS.
>   It [IKV Pagh] has the best weapons and some of the finest warriors in
>    the Klingon fleet.

As Voragh mentions, there is a lot you can do with law'/puS; adding -bogh
and -taHvIS and more.  But these occurrences are always modifying the noun.
"While they fight, the commander is the boldest", "The commander which
fights is the boldest."  In these examples the [boldest] is translated as a
verb; but in "The boldest commander will (do something)" the [boldest] is
translated as an adjective.  We don't have any examples of this type of
usage.  If it is allowed, we don't know how to do it yet.

For now we will need to recast using multiple sentences.

DloraH, BG

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