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Re: KLBC: Complex Sentences

ghItlh Quvar:

>>qantaH ghojmoHwI' 'e' muqawmoHmeH qanta' tlheta'.
>>To remind me that the teacher was old, Kleta pointed her little finger.
>That's nice.

Is this an ironical statement?  This visual metaphor was something I found 
in the New Words list.

>Although I think it makes no sense to say {qantaH}.
And I don't remember why I used that suffix, only that I had a reason.  :)

>Besides, we have a problem with transitive verbs with -moH. Here,  
>{muqawmoH} shows that "s/he" reminds "you". Now we have both object >and 
>subject, so the verb {qaw} cannot be used with {'e'} anymore.


>>jIpIv yIja', pagh loDHom vIHoH.
>>Say you're well or I'll kill the boy.
>This looks like a very literal translation, not nice, but correct. 
> >Partially, I think it's not good to combine a command with a statement 
> >like this, although in english it sounds okay.
>In Klingon, we would say it in the pattern on {bIjeghbe'chugh vaj >bIHegh} 
>"If you do not surrender, then you die." or, "Surrender OR >die!"

>{bIpIv 'e' DachIDbe'chugh vaj loDHom vIHoH}
>"if you don't admit that you're healthy, then I kill the boy"

>also: "Admit that you're healthy, OR I kill the boy"

Any of these would have worked better, and I never even thought about it, 
because I was looking solely for a reason to use 'e'.  I'll try to think 
smarter next time.

>>pIj DIvI' 'ejyo'waw'meyDaq qagh HoH net tu'.
>>One often finds that they kill gagh on Federation Starbases.

I've seen this several times and I'm becoming somewhat puzzled.  Is *Qa'* an 
element I don't have in TKD?  I think what you're saying is "very good", but 
the only listing I have for *Qa'* is as a noun meaning "type of animal".

*qa'* means "do again, resume"; perhaps you mean "Right again!"
Or do you mean to use *qu'*--"Very good!"
Or is *Qa'* just something I don't have?


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